“The Freak” might be ready to take the mound again.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino posted a photo of Lincecum doing some throwing at the Driveline Baseball facility in Seattle, showing off a more muscular Lincecum than most fans have seen. Trainer Kyle Boddy responded to Ottavino’s photo, writing on Twitter that Lincecum “will throw for teams at a showcase in the near future”.
Take a look at Lincecum’s new swole physique:
Lincecum last pitched with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2016, but he wasn’t very effective, putting up a 2-6 record with a 9.16 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched. That performance was a far cry from his days with the Giants, during which Lincecum threw two no-hitters (in 2013 and 2014) and was named to four All-Star teams.
But now, Lincecum’s chest, biceps, and traps all look more defined, and he could be ready for a return to the majors.
Here’s a side-by-side look at Lincecum now, compared to his time with the Giants back in 2010, and with the Angels in 2016:
Lincecum was one of the best pitchers in baseball for years—he won three World Series titles with the Giants in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Injuries started adding up, though, and a slowdown in his pitches ended his run in San Francisco before he signed with the Angels in 2016.
Now, with a new physique, Lincecum looks ready to make another comeback at 33.