SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum said there was nothing to glean from the fact that Buster Posey was his catcher Wednesday, when pitchers threw their first bullpen sessions of the spring. It was purely a coincidence, although Lincecum and Posey have said they want to work together more often this season.
Lincecum did, however, take something away from the pitches he threw. While throwing only fastballs and changeups, Lincecum displayed a rhythm and balance that was often missing last spring in the run-up to what ultimately would be the worst season of his career.
"I definitely feel ahead of where I was last year," Lincecum said. "Last year coming in, I was trying to lose the weight (about 30 pounds) from where I was (in 2011). This year I feel like I'm strong."
The session was Lincecum's first off a mound since the World Series. He said he usually throws off a mound a few times before coming to spring training, but he wanted to stay on flat ground this offseason to "stay on my back foot and allow my arm to slow down and stay back."
"It felt good," Lincecum said. "It felt good."