OAKLAND, Calif. — A white cap on backward, Tim Lincecum stopped to pet the bomb-sniffing dogs in the parking lot before greeting workers at the security entrance who warmly welcomed him to the Oakland Coliseum.
"Thanks, guys, how are ya?" the pitcher said with a smile.
Minutes later, Lincecum walked into a familiar clubhouse to meet his new team, joining the Angels after a quick minor-league tour to find his timing 91/2 months after left hip surgery.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner will be formally promoted from Triple-A today to make his debut with Los Angeles against the Athletics, a few days after turning 32.
And he returns to the mound in the Bay Area where he is still so beloved, even across the water in Oakland from his former San Francisco ballpark.
"There's always a comfort in that. It's close to home," Lincecum said Friday, sitting in the visitor's dugout. "I know I'm going to have a lot of people here that support me in the Bay Area. I'll be lucky in that regard."
Lincecum reached a $2.5 million, one-year contract last month.
Bautista on DL: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left big toe. The injury occurred Thursday in Philadelphia when he got his foot caught in a fence latch while trying to make a catch. Bautista was wearing a walking boot Friday in the Toronto clubhouse.
Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong was recalled from Triple-A Memphis, where he played some in centerfield to add to his versatility.
Cubs: Promising prospect C Willson Contreras was called up from Triple-A Iowa.
White Sox: CF Austin Jackson had surgery on his left knee Wednesday and will be re-examined in four weeks. Jackson, placed on the 15-day DL June 10, had a small portion of the medial meniscus removed and will be on crutches for two weeks.