Lincecum scratched from start due to blister

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum was scratched from a

start against the Chicago Cubs because of a blister on his right

middle finger.

Lincecum allowed three runs and four hits in an inning against

the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday during his first spring-training

start this year.

Yusmeiro Petit took his place Saturday. He had appeared in one

exhibition game, throwing two scoreless innings.

Lincecum said he didn’t think the injury was serious and said he

planned to still play catch.

A two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, Lincecum went 10-15 with a

5.18 ERA last year and was shifted to the bullpen in the