Lincecum Plays Catch To Test Back

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum says
his injured back is nearly "normal" again and he hopes to pitch
Monday against the Colorado Rockies.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, who was scratched from
his scheduled start Tuesday night because of spasms and inflammation in his lower back, played catch Friday and looked like
his hard-throwing self. Bullpen catcher Bill Hayes caught the two-time All-Star and they worked up to a distance of about 100 feet.

If Lincecum feels fine Saturday, he will likely throw a bullpen session. And if that goes well, manager Bruce Bochy then would plan to use Lincecum during the Rockies series. He didn't say whether that would be Monday.