The Freak is finally ready to start his comeback bid.
Former San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum will hold a pitching showcase in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday, as he attempts to come back from arthroscopic hip surgery last year.
The two-time Cy Young winner will throw in front of scouts from at least 20 teams, including the Orioles, Padres, A’s and his former team, the Giants.
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Lincecum, 31, spent the whole winter working out to prepare for the showcase, which has been in the works for months. He has been training to build up his durability and velocity in hopes of returning as a starter. He’s reportedly throwing in the low 90’s, which is right on track for a guy who won the Cy Young Award averaging 92 MPH and a World Series averaging 91.
Lincecum’s 2015 season was cut short due to ongoing problems with a degenerative hip issue. He went 7-7 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts for the Giants last year, and made his last appearance on June 27 before deciding to undergo hip surgery. He became a free agent this offseason after finishing his two-year $35 million contract with San Francisco, the only team he’s ever played for.
While multiple teams are reportedly interested in The Freak, Lincecum has said that he hopes to return to the Giants. That could end up being a realistic possibility, depending on how well the showcase goes.