SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum is finally back on the mound, but he's not done with the "mystery mud," a concoction he has been using and will continue to use to treat a blister on his pitching hand.

Asked about the ingredients in the remedy, Lincecum smiled.

"You don't want to know," he said.

"Mystery mud" and lime juice will help Lincecum's blister continue to heal, and he said Saturday that he doesn't anticipate having any more problems. Lincecum threw 32 pitches in a simulated game Saturday and will start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to normal," Lincecum said. "It was nice to get back out there and see hitters again. It felt good to pick up the pace a little."

Lincecum still has nearly a month to get up to speed for his first regular season start, and Saturday, the right-hander didn't look as though he would need much more prep time. While facing minor leaguers Gary Brown, Brock Bond and Nick Noonan, Lincecum threw all his pitches and flashed a handful of devastating breaking balls.

"He looked good -- real good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a good day for Timmy."

Lincecum was scratched from his previous two spring starts because of the blister but said he never felt it while pitching two simulated innings Saturday. He threw out of the windup and the stretch and said he "had a good transfer of energy" as he would drive down the mound.

Aiming to bounce back from the worst season of his career, Lincecum has impressed the staff this spring with his conditioning and mound work. He has made just one start, however, because of the blister.

"It is frustrating, just because you get into a rhythm and then run into something like this, as stupid as this can be," he said. "But it's not going to be an issue from here on."

  • Ryan Vogelsong was hit hard early in his World Baseball Classic debut, but the right-hander settled in and dominated the middle innings against Italy before being pulled after 60 pitches, five short of the limit. Vogelsong left with a 6-2 lead.

    Vogelsong gave up two singles in the first inning, then threw a wild pitch that put Italy's first run across. In the second inning, he gave up a two-out single to Giants minor leaguer Tyler LaTorre, who scored on a double by Anthony Granato.

    Vogelsong recovered to retire seven of the last eight hitters he faced. He gave up six hits but walked none and struck out four.

    Giants lefty Jeremy Affeldt relieved Vogelsong and retired all three batters he faced.

    Earlier Friday, Team Venezuela was eliminated, meaning Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro soon will return to Giants camp.

  • Javier Lopez could be forgiven for looking a little rusty in his inning of work Saturday. Not only was Lopez making his first appearance of the spring but he also was making his first appearance of any kind since Game 7 of the NLCS.

    "I remembered where the mound was, so that's a start," Lopez joked after giving up a run on three hits.

    Lopez had been sidelined with a bruised left wrist but said he has plenty of time to get back to his old form by opening day. Lopez had no issues with his wrist and said he was happy that he mostly threw strikes.

    "It was nice to get this out of the way," he said.

    The injury came about when a bounced throw from Madison Bumgarner skipped off Lopez's wrist and face, but Lopez hasn't changed throwing partners. He warmed up with Bumgarner on Saturday.

    "You've got to get back on the horse," he said, smiling.

  • A sellout crowd, including many of the team's minority owners, filled Scottsdale Stadium and had little to cheer for. The Giants lost to the Kansas City Royals 13-2 and were outhit 20-4. Yusmeiro Petit allowed eight runs on nine hits in 12/3 innings.

    "That's as ugly a game as we've had this spring," Bochy said. "We have a knack for doing this on investor's weekend. We have a history of this."

    Brandon Belt provided one of the few highlights with a deep home run to right-center field. The homer was Belt's fourth of the spring, tying him for the MLB lead.

  • Left-hander Jose Mijares (left elbow impingement) played catch Saturday morning and is nearing a return. Right-hander Brett Bochy is dealing with a bout of inflammation in his pitching elbow but said he anticipated being back on a mound Monday.

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