Lincecum unlikely to start Thursday vs. Phils

July 27, 2011, 10:13 pm
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July 27, 2011


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Mychael Urban

PHILADELPHIA -- Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum, whose scheduled start against the Phillies on Tuesday was scratched 90 minutes before the first pitch of the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park, is unlikely to pitch at all in this weeks matchup between 2010 National League Championship combatants.Lincecum reported to the visitors clubhouse Tuesday suffering from flu-like symptoms, forcing manager Bruce Bochy to shift gears and hand the ball to lefty Barry Zito, who surrendered three homers and six earned runs over seven innings in the Giants 7-2 loss.Sent home to get some rest while Tuesdays game was under way, Lincecum was back with the team Wednesday and said he suspected he was victimized by food poisoning, noting that he was unable to keep any food or liquid down for several houRS and lost weight during the ordeal.With Lincecum still weakened, Bochy turned to righty Matt Cain, who had been scheduled to pitch Thursdays series finale but still was on regular rest Wednesday because of Mondays day off.Lincecum could take his turn Thursday, but Bochy sounded uncomfortable with that scenario.The temperature and humidity in Philadelphia are expected to be high Thursday, and Bochy noted that, its not really fair to ask a guy whos weakened to go out and pitch in heat like that.Thus, righty Ryan Vogelsong likely will take Lincecums turn, with Lincecum working Friday or Saturday in Cincinnati.

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