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At least twelve teams will attend Tim Lincecum’s showcase on Thursday

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As we noted last week, Tim Lincecum will hold a showcase this Thursday, auditioning for major league clubs in his efforts to make a comeback. By all indications, his showcase should be pretty well-attended.

His old team, the Giants, were the first to announce that they’d be there. Since then reports have trickled in that the Tigers, Twins, Orioles, Rangers, Phillies, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers, Padres and Braves will all have scouts in attendance. The only team which has been affirmatively reported to not be sending a scout is the Mets. One could slam the Mets for this, but based on a lot of what’s been reported about Lincecum over the years, if he has a chance to pick his destination, it’ll be a west coast team, so I can see the Mets not bothering.

Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner with the San Francisco Giants, has been working out with Driveline Baseball this offseason in an effort to make a comeback. As we noted in December, when photos of him at Driveline surfaced, Lincecum looks to be in pretty amazing physical shape. Still, it’s an open question whether or not he can pitch in the bigs again. He 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.

At the same time, he’s only 33 and he’ll obviously be open to a minor league deal with eye toward making a team in spring training, so it’ll cost teams almost nothing — at most the cost of a plane ticket and a Courtyard Marriott hotel room for a scout — to give him a chance. Why not take it?

 

Howie Kendrick to undergo an MRI after exiting game with a serious leg injury

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Update, 7:49 PM ET: The Nationals placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles injury. In a corresponding move, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Double-A Potomac.

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Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick was removed from the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers after injuring his right leg. In the eighth inning, Kendrick tracked a Max Muncy sac fly to the wall, but landed strangely on his right leg and fell to the ground. Unable to put weight on it, he was forced to exit the field on a cart and was sent to undergo an MRI soon afterward, the results of which have yet to be revealed.

While the Nationals have not specified the nature or severity of Kendrick’s injury, Martinez revealed that it’s located in the “lower part” of the outfielder’s leg and appears to be quite severe. He’ll likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the next couple of days, though the recovery process could take even longer.

Prior to the incident, Kendrick was off to a hot start this season. Entering Saturday’s doubleheader, he carried a batting line of .302/.331/.477 with 18 extra-base hits and an .808 OPS in 157 plate appearances. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday with a base hit in the seventh inning. Andrew Stevenson subbed in for Kendrick following the injury and has been tabbed to start in left field for the second game of the doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET.