SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants general manager Brian Sabean indicated that Tim Lincecum will stay put for the rest of the season. And the right-hander couldn't be happier.
"I've always had a great time here and I hope to see it go further," Lincecum said Thursday after the Giants held a light workout at AT&T Park.
Trade speculation has hovered around Lincecum, who's eligible for free agency after this season. But Sabean quashed such whispering on his weekly radio show on KNBR-AM, the Giants' flagship station.
"I expect Timmy to be in a Giant uniform," Sabean said. "I find it hard to believe that he'd pitch elsewhere this year."
Thursday would have been Lincecum's turn to pitch if it weren't for the All-Star break. The right-hander insisted that he felt good enough to start, even after his 148-pitch effort in last Saturday's no-hitter at San Diego.
"If today would have been that day, I'd be fine," Lincecum said.
"I'm just glad that he doesn't have a cast on his arm," Giants manager Bruce Bochy jokingly said.
Giants still hopeful Pagan can return this season
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn't ruled out the possibility that center fielder Angel Pagan will play again this season.
Pagan, said Bochy, has resumed swinging a bat while working out and rehabilitating his surgically repaired left hamstring at the Giants' training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"We don't have a date when we think he'll be ready, but he feels pretty good," Bochy said Thursday as the Giants began a light workout at AT&T Park.
When Pagan underwent surgery on June 24, it was announced that he could be sidelined for as many as 12 weeks, which essentially would finish the switch-hitter and leadoff batter for the season. But, asked if Pagan had a chance to rejoin the team before the regular season concludes Sept. 29, Bochy said, "Sure. And he feels the same."
Bochy explains decisions on Giants' All-Stars
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy explained why three of the club's four All-Stars -- second baseman Marco Scutaro, left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Sergio Romo -- didn't appear in Tuesday's Midsummer Classic, which the American League won, 3-0.
Bochy said Thursday that Bumgarner was assigned the emergency long-relief role and that Romo, who warmed up briefly in the late innings, was being saved for extra innings. Scutaro, Bochy explained, would have pinch-hit in the ninth inning if left-handed-batting Domonic Brown of Philadelphia had made it to the plate and the AL had summoned a left-handed reliever.
Bochy, who managed the NL All-Stars, said that the pitching for both teams looked just as good, if not better, than it appeared on television.
"It was like if you didn't throw 95 [mph], you weren't allowed to pitch," Bochy said. "I can't think of another All-Star Game when there were that many great arms out there."
• The Giants stuck with the order of their previously announced post-All-Star-break starting rotation: Chad Gaudin, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and, in one of Tuesday's doubleheader games against Cincinnati, Barry Zito. Bochy mentioned left-hander Mike Kickham and right-hander Yusmeiro Petit as candidates to pitch the twin bill's other game.
• As expected, San Francisco's four All-Stars -- Bumgarner, catcher Buster Posey, second baseman Marco Scutaro and right-hander Sergio Romo -- were excused from Thursday's workout. Also absent were outfielder Jeff Francoeur and right-hander Sandy Rosario, who were in their first days of fatherhood.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.