Lincecum missed introductions due to illness

Lincecum missed introductions due to illness

KANSAS CITY -- Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum missed Tuesday's pregame introductions because he was sick to his stomach, manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday.

Dismissing speculation that Lincecum declined to take part in the ceremony as a protest over not pitching during the postseason, Bochy said the "honest truth" was that Lincecum was in the trainer's room vomiting and trying to recover while his teammates were lining up along the third-base line.

  Date     Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 21     SF 7, KC 1 video
Gm 2 Oct. 22     KC 7, SF 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 24     KC 3, SF 2 video
Gm 4 Oct. 25     SF 11, KC 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 26     SF 5, KC 0 video
Gm 6 Oct. 28     KC 10, SF 0 video
Gm 7 Oct. 29     SF 3, KC 2 video

Lincecum had informed pitching coach Dave Righetti of his illness, but word didn't spread immediately to Bochy.

"I didn't know he was sick," Bochy said.

Lincecum, 30, proved to be resilient enough that Bochy deemed him available to pitch in Tuesday's World Series opener against the Kansas City Royals.

"He was good to go for the game, and he's fine now," Bochy said.

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.