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Tim Lincecum could be in the Best Shape of His Life

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Tim Lincecum hasn’t pitched since 2016 and even then he didn’t pitch well, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 over 38.1 innings with the Angels. He said last offseason that he wasn’t done, however, and reportedly worked out hard in Arizona with an eye toward latching on with another team. That, unfortunately, did not happen.

But he’s only 33 and, it would appear, he’s not giving up. At least if this photo, taken from Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino’s Instagram page is any indication:

Timmy was always in better shape than he appeared in his uniform. The guy seems relatively slight for a major leaguer, but he was always pretty muscular. Here he’s lookin’ particularly ripped for a guy over a year removed from pitching might be expected to be. You get the sense he’s going to give it another go.

Here’s hoping. Baseball was always better with Tim Lincecum in it. I’d love to see him make it back to the bigs.

(h/t Allison Calcaterra, who sent me a link to this on the correct assumption that, on December 19, I’m desperate for content)

Cardinals place Carlos Martinez on 10-day disabled list with oblique strain

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The Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 20. No definite timetable has been set for his return to the rotation yet, but interim manager Mike Shildt told reporters he feels confident that Martinez will only need to skip one start before taking the mound again.

Martinez, 26, sustained the injury while trying to snare a line drive during Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Cubs. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the righty this season, as he lost nearly four weeks to a right lat strain and pitched to a 5.32 ERA after returning to the Cardinals’ roster in early June. Overall, however, his numbers look a little stronger: He’s 6-6 in 17 starts with a 3.39 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 95 2/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old Brebbia has already enjoyed three short-lived stints in the majors this season; he currently holds a cumulative 4.13 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 9.9 SO/9 and two saves in 32 2/3 innings with the club.