SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBS Sports) — The Tim Lincecum problem is threatening to carry over into 2013.

What the San Francisco Giants are hoping is that the time he missed because of a blister earlier this spring simply has him behind everybody else.

What the Giants fear is the worst-case scenario: that he gets knocked around similarly to last year when the season starts and they are forced to consider removing him from the rotation.

Lincecum was blasted in his most recent Cactus League outing over the weekend. In four spring starts, his ERA needs an anti-inflammatory: It’s 10.97.

“It’s spring training,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ve seen guys have great springs, and when the season starts they struggle.

Lincecum said the problem is that his mechanics continue to get mucked up in the middle of games.

The Giants agree, but they also think he is over-thinking situations and searching for a “magic bullet” instead of working through jams methodically.

READ MORE on Lincecum’s spring training struggles from CBS Sports…

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