Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Nervous, excited Lincecum joins Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — RHP Tim Lincecum signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal with the Angels on Friday, giving the injury-plagued team depth for its rotation.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is attempting to come back from left hip surgery. Lincecum didn't pitch after June 27 last year with the Giants because of degenerative hip problems.

He had surgery Sept. 3 and didn't sign with a team after finishing a $35 million, two-year deal last season.

"I'm anxious, excited and a little nervous," Lincecum said.

Lincecum will ramp up his throwing at the Angels' spring-training facility in Tempe, Ariz., then report to a minor-league affiliate. It could be about four weeks before he makes his debut with the Angels, around June 15 — his 32nd birthday.

The Angels' disabled list includes pitchers Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, C.J. Wilson, Huston Street and Cory Rasmus, and Tyler Skaggs is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

RANGERS STADIUM: The Rangers could be playing in a new, air-conditioned ballpark by the 2021 season, according to plans announced by Arlington and the team. The stadium will cost up to $1 billion, split equally between the city and the team. It will be funded in part by tax dollars that are being used to pay off AT&T Stadium, the next-door home of the Cowboys.

OBITUARY: Longtime Giants 3B Jim Ray Hart, who also spent parts of two seasons with the Yankees, died Thursday in Acampo, Calif., after a long illness. He was 74. Mr. Hart played for the Giants from 1963-73, and was a 1966 All-Star.

SUSPENSIONS: Four minor-leaguers were suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs: Jays OF David Harris and Mariners RHP Jose Luis Santiago for 76 games (both in Class A), and Dodgers RHP Sebastian Martinez and Rockies RHP Jose Rodriguez for 72 games (both in Dominican Summer League).

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