ICHING TO RE­TURN

West Hawaii Today - - Sports -

HOUS­TON -- Rangers right-han­der Tim Lince­cum was placed on the 60-day dis­abled list, which means he won’t be able to join the ma­jor league ros­ter un­til May 28.

Lince­cum, who was signed on March 7, has been slowed by a blis­ter on his right mid­dle fin­ger. That has im­proved, how­ever, and he felt good af­ter a Fri­day bullpen ses­sion. He threw another be­fore Sun­day’s game.

It’s a frus­trat­ing move for Lince­cum, but he un­der­stands the Rangers’ think­ing.

“I un­der­stand where they’re com­ing from,” said Lince­cum, who last pitched in the ma­jors in Au­gust 2016. “I’m just go­ing to use this time to pre­pare as much as I can and get ready on the date that I’m ac­tive. They’re pro­tect­ing them­selves as well giv­ing me am­ple time if I do have a bump in the road and have to be put back on the DL again. It gives us time to at­tack it that way as well. I think it’s just the safe play. It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause I’m itch­ing to be out there.”

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