FORT MYERS, Fla. - A group of Pirates hopped on a bus early Sunday morning to play in a "B" game against the Twins, with Brad Lincoln being the star attraction.
It was the first action for the right-hander since March 7, as Lincoln had his last scheduled outing scratched because of tightness in his right calf. On Sunday, Lincoln tossed three scoreless and efficient innings, a much better result than on the 7th, when he gave up four runs on six hits in one inning against the Blue Jays.
"[It was much better] from my last outing," Lincoln said, after completing his work on one of the back fields at the Twins' facility. "My last outing was pretty shaky for me. To be able to bounce back is always a good thing for the confidence level. To just go out there, get my work in, and be ready for the next one [was good]."
Lincoln threw a total of 44 pitches against the Twins and reported no ill effects or lingering concern for the calf that temporarily sidelined him.
"I didn't miss that much. I think it was five days, I missed a rotation, but I feel good," Lincoln said. "I plan on making the next one. It's all better now."
Lincoln was able to effectively use all of his pitches on Sunday morning, commanding them all to his liking.
"Everything was working," Lincoln said. "I was able to attack the zone, get ahead, get strike one and be able to let my defense work for me."