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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)

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.