PHOENIX -- As Bruce Bochy addressed the media before Monday's season opener at Chase Field, Tim Lincecum headed out to shag fly balls in the outfield. Bochy's eyes lit up.
"I just saw Timmy jump up the steps," Bochy said, smiling. "He's doing alright."
Lincecum is on track to start Thursday, less than a week after he took a line drive off his left leg. The right-hander continues to receive treatment from trainers but hasn't had any issues. All that remains from the scare is a bruise.
"It's healing though," Lincecum said. "As of right now, I'm on pace to make that day."
Lincecum planned to ride an exercise bike Monday and then run and throw a bullpen session on Tuesday. He wasn't the only Giant to avoid a long-term injury recently; left-hander Jeremy Affeldt (sprained right MCL) is throwing at the club's facility in Scottsdale and should be ready to come off the disabled list when the Giants return to San Francisco next week.
One Giant remains on the shelf indefinitely. Second baseman Marco Scutaro has been rehabbing a back injury at the club's minor league facility but he has not yet played in a minor league camp game. Bochy said Scutaro remains "a ways away" from returning. Scutaro had more medical injections (three) than at-bats (two) during spring training.