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Reno • Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is scheduled to make his second and presumably final start for Salt Lake on Tuesday afternoon against Reno.
Signed by the Los Angeles Angels three weeks ago, Lincecum is ticketed for a return to the big leagues June 12 in a game against Cleveland.
The 31-year-old right-hander, who underwent hip surgery in September, has not pitched in the major leagues in 10 months.
In his Triple-A debut with the Bees last Thursday, Lincecum showed some rust but eventually settled in and pitched well during a 6-1 loss at Tacoma.
In five innings, he allowed three runs on five hits. He struck out five, walked three and, according to the Angels, his fastball reached 93 mph.
In one stretch, he retired nine straight batters.
"I found a rhythm, figured out what my stuff was doing and tried not to overthrow it," Lincecum told reporters after the game. "… Once I challenged [hitters], it put me in a better position."
With the Angels, Lincecum signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract, not including incentives.
"The biggest thing that's … understated is just kind of feeling healthy out there," Lincecum said. "We're always going to compete with whatever nicks and bruises that we've got. But to feel healthy is good."
Lincecum says this is the best he's felt since 2011.
"I was a little bigger then, but I feel good now," he said.
If he can be effective in the big leagues, Lincecum could provide a needed boost for the Angels. They have five starting pitchers on the disabled list: Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, C.J. Wilson, Tyler Skaggs and Nick Tropeano. Richards and Heaney are likely out for the season.