Lincecum cuts outing short with neck soreness

Giants right-hander unable to find comfort zone in 1-inning appearance vs. Brewers

Lincecum cuts outing short with neck soreness

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A sore neck limited right-hander Tim Lincecum to one inning Wednesday in the Giants' 6-3 Cactus League loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lincecum began sensing discomfort in his neck Tuesday night. Though it persisted after he slept, he insisted on attempting to pitch. He left the game after yielding three runs and three hits and walking a batter in the third inning. Lincecum owns a 13.50 ERA in three spring games, though he has struck out seven batters in four innings.

"I just tried to see if I could let the day's motion heat it up and get it mobile again, but it just didn't happen," said Lincecum, who had hoped to last three innings. "It kind of locked up again when I was up in the bullpen. That's the culprit there."

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Lincecum, who underwent treatment before and after his outing, explained that he especially struggled to turn his neck toward the left, which prevented him from focusing on home plate. Pitching, he realized, would be futile.

"I'm not going to get much done, or at least much positive work in, trying to pitch with a little jammed neck," he said.

Lincecum is expected to make his next outing, though it has not been scheduled.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.