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.
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"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."
Manager Jeff Banister said Lincecum needs a spring training to prepare.
"We have an opportunity to map out a real schedule that I think benefits him," Banister said.
Lincecum could start a rehab assignment as early as April 28. But if he stays healthy, it's unlikely he'd need a month to prepare or throw 10 innings. He said there are no plans to move from a relief role.