Tim Lincecum being sent for MRI for back/side issue

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According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Tim Lincecum is being sent for an MRI regarding the lower back/side issue which caused him to exit from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Lincecum didn’t pitch in the NLDS or the NLCS, but he was finally pulled out of mothballs in Game 2 after the Royals grabbed a commanding lead. The two-time Cy Young Award winner retired all five batters he faced before stumbling on the mound for a couple of pitches. He then called for a team trainer before being replaced by Santiago Casilla.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy expressed optimism after the game that Lincecum was going to be fine. Assuming it’s not a big deal, he could move up in the pecking order in the bullpen given what we have seen from Hunter Strickland this postseason.

UPDATE: According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Lincecum said “everything felt normal” while throwing today. MRI results haven’t been made available, but it’s safe to assume that he would be allowed to throw if there were any major concerns.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The deal includes a $5 million signing bonus payable on June 30, a salary of $15 million and a hotel suite on road trips.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.