Giants RHP Lincecum expected to make next start

Giants RHP Lincecum expected to make next start

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is expected to make his first scheduled start in the regular season despite getting hit in the left knee by a comebacker.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner walked through the clubhouse without a noticeable limp and rode a stationary bike before Saturday's exhibition game against Oakland.

A night earlier, Lincecum was on the ground near the pitcher's mound writhing in pain after getting struck by a hard-hit grounder from Daric Barton in the fourth inning. Lincecum tried to run toward first but immediately fell, unable to put any pressure on his leg. He limped off the field with the assistance of two trainers and underwent X-rays, which were negative.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Lincecum appears fine and is hopeful the right-hander will start Thursday in Arizona.