Tim Lincecum left Friday’s start against the Angels after four innings and 84 pitches because of a cut on the middle finger on his right hand, reports Chris Haft of MLB.com.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted that there “a little concern” that Lincecum will not be able to make his next scheduled start, however he’s done with the Cactus League schedule.
Lincecum was already slated to pitch in a minor league game next Wednesday, a strategic decision by the team, as they do not want the Dodgers — the big league team’s scheduled opponent for that day — to get another look at him before the season begins.
Lincecum didn’t even mention the cut to reporters after the game, but told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that his body was at about “85 percent” ready for the new season. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has a 6.94 ERA and a 16/10 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings this spring. He’s expected to pitch on Opening Day against the Astros in Houston.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.