PHOENIX -- Word of warning to opposing hitters: San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum already looks in midseason form.
Looking to increase his strength, he said he's added "10 or 11 pounds" from last year, up to 168. That's come through protein shakes, recovery drinks and good, old-fashioned eating.
Lincecum's most impressive revelation Wednesday afternoon: He regularly hits In-N-Out Burger, and his typical order is three double-doubles, two fries and one milkshake (half chocolate, half strawberry).
That's roughly 2,940 calories, according to the (delicious) In-N-Out web site.
Overall, Lincecum said, at 26, he's got a better idea of what he needs to do to get his body ready for the season, taking into account the workload of a major-league season, what's worked and what hasn't worked from past workouts and his "through the roof metabolism."
He lifts weights for upper body strength and runs stairs the day after he starts, his hardest workout day. He eschews long jogs now for sprint work on other days between starts.
He still does not ice his shoulder, one of the only pitchers in the game to bypass that.
"It's something I never got into," Lincecum said. "I'd rather have my blood flow get, what do you call them, lactic acids out freely rather than freezing them up."
Forget, though, the lactic acids.
How about his cholesterol, given all of those burgers?
"It's probably not too good," he said, chuckling.
But say this for him: He's not taking dieting third baseman Pablo Sandoval on his In-N-Out runs.
"No," he said, chuckling again. "I go solo."
Sunblock Day: Whew boy, high of 90 on Wednesday. Hot, hot desert sun. Love it.
Likes: In-N-Out, double-double, animal style. ... Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Leon Russell into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Way overdue. ... The Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central High basketball team beating Manchester 47-36 to advance to Wednesday night's Regional tournament game against Hillsdale.
Dislikes: Man, that's tough news that Atlanta minor league manager Luis Salazar had his left eye removed after getting drilled with the line drive while he was in the dugout recently. Just one more warning to fans: If a coach who obviously is paying close attention can still get smoked with a foul line drive mid-game, it is imperative for fans sitting close to the action to be heads-up for foul balls.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"I like mine with lettuce and tomato
"Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
"Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
"Well, good God Almighty, which way do I steer"
-- Jimmy Buffett, Cheeseburger in Paradise