Tim Lincecum cut Saturday workout short due to a stiff neck


Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum ended his Saturday workout early due to a stiff neck, but the Giants aren’t expecting it to be a problem once the World Series starts on Tuesday night in Kansas City, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports. Lincecum was rostered but did not pitch in the NLDS or NLCS, and is once again joining the Giants in their quest for a championship.

Lincecum had another tough regular season, his third in a row. In 155 2/3 innings across 26 starts and seven relief appearances, the right-hander posted a 4.74 ERA with a 134/63 K/BB ratio. His 19.9 percent strikeout rate was the lowest of his career, and his fastball averaged under 90 MPH for the first time in eight seasons in the major leagues.

In Pavlovic’s article, manager Bruce Bochy said that Lincecum would have pitched the 19th inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Nationals — after Yusmeiro Petit had thrown six scoreless innings — but Brandon Belt gave the Giants the lead in the top of the 18th inning to break a 2-2 tie. Hunter Strickland held the Nationals scoreless in the bottom half of the 18th for the save.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.