‘Swingman’ Lincecum still swings in BP

Tuesday, Sept. 9

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum continues to take pregame batting practice with the Giants’ starting pitchers. Don’t read too much into this.

Before Yusmeiro Petit replaced Lincecum in the rotation, he, too, frequently took BP with the starters. This makes sense in both cases, since you never know when the “sixth starter” or long reliever will be called upon to hit.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy answered affirmatively when asked Tuesday whether he’s open to using Lincecum in multiple roles — as a long or short reliever, and in the right-hander’s customary guise as a starter if a spot opens up. Bochy added that Lincecum’s willing to be the pitching staff’s handyman.

“He’s kind of the ‘swing’ guy,” Bochy said. “But he can be a long guy [or] he can help us in the sixth or seventh inning, possibly. If not, I have to find a spot to get him out there.”

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Another pitcher who Bochy hopes to use in the near future is his soon, Brett, who has yet to make his Major League debut since joining the team last week as a September call-up.

The elder Bochy cited the need to keep the regular relievers sharp as a primary reason for not being able to use his son sooner.

“I’ll find a spot for him,” manager Bochy said, adding with a chuckle, “He’s not putting any pressure on me yet.”

Chris Haft

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