Tim Lincecum looked fluid and kept his fastball down in his first bullpen session of spring training Wednesday. In fact, this was Lincecum's first time on a mound since Game 3 of the World Series, and he admitted he was pumped as he threw to Buster Posey.
"It's just the feeling of being on the mound again, being around your teammates again, as opposed to playing catch with a friend in the offseason," he said. "With that, the intensity just picks up naturally. The adrenaline kind of picks up. When you're throwing to Posey you kind of feel like you're in a game-type atmosphere anyway."
Keeping the ball down was an issue for Lincecum throughout his troubled 2012 season, beginning early in spring training. Seeing him stay on top of his pitches Wednesday had to hearten the staff, even if manager Bruce Bochy said the only real purpose of a first bullpen session is "getting the cobwebs out."
"I definitely feel ahead of where I was last year," Lincecum said. "Last year coming into it I was trying to lose the weight from the year prior. This year I'm feeling strong and throwing off my leg again.
"I kept everything slow. My rhythm felt really good. I just threw my fastball and changeup today. The fastball felt good and the changeup location felt good, too."
Lincecum called it happenstance that he worked with Posey rather than one of the other six catchers. He was the last of seven pitchers to arrive at the bullpen mounds and Posey was the only catcher without a partner.
"There was no plan," Lincecum said. "I kind of walked over and he was the only one left. I don't know if (the other pitchers) were scared to throw to him, so I said, 'I guess I'll take him.' "


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