Tim Lincecum missed the Game 1 introductions because he was throwing up

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Last night Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was not on the field when both teams lined up on the baselines for player introductions before Game 1 of the World Series and now we know why: He was in the clubhouse throwing up.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that today, but when asked last night after the game what happened Lincecum originally said:

I just didn’t make it down in time. I didn’t want to run out there in the middle of everybody else getting introduced. That was just … it. I was doing some stuff in the training room.

That’s one way to put it, I guess.

Lincecum was apparently available to pitch, if needed, but the Giants didn’t use him out of the bullpen. He’s yet to pitch this postseason and last saw game action on September 28.