Read this. Are the Giants going to use Linecum out of the bullpen when they call him up?
Lincecum not long for Fresno
LOS ANGELES — The marketing folks in Fresno shouldn't plan any campaigns around Tim Lincecum. The heralded right-hander won't be in the Central Valley very long.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean acknowledged that Lincecum is knocking on the big league door, even though the club has no place for him in the rotation.
"If he continues on this path, he's certainly not a minor league pitcher," Sabean said. "At some point, you've got to admit that and make room. He's on his way to forcing the issue."
Sabean spoke prior to Lincecum's start Monday. The 22-year-old entered that outing having thrown 18 scoreless innings with 28 strikeouts over his first three outings.
Sabean is in the final year of his contract and under a mandate to win, which can shift priorities. But Sabean said that if he brings up Lincecum to bolster a sagging late-inning relief crew, it's because the kid belongs in the big leagues.
"He's very, very unique," Sabean said. "And this day in age, when the kid forces the issue, it becomes incumbent on the organization to (promote him). We've seen more pitchers coming out of college with seemingly instant success. If he can help the big league club, and it's good for him, you have to look at it."
The Giants took Lincecum with the 10th overall pick last June out of Washington. He won the Golden Spikes award as the nation's top amateur player.
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