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.