Tim Lincecum arrived at the Texas Rangers' spring training camp, ready to finalize a contract and return to the major leagues for the first time in two years.
The 33-year-old right-hander took a physical Tuesday. He figures to compete for a bullpen spot.
General manager Jon Daniels said the four-time All-Star has been throwing bullpen sessions on his own since a showcase for scouts last month.
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"He was in as close to game shape as you're going to be, from that standpoint," Daniels said.
Texas anticipates Lincecum will throw bullpen sessions and batting practice before getting into a spring training game.
"He's further along than I would say most guys are on report date," Daniels said.
A two-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Lincecum was 108-83 for the Giants from 2007-15. He had season-ending hip surgery in September 2015 and made a brief comeback with the Los Angeles Angels the following season, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts
Texas thinks Lincecum has good hip movement, flexibility and explosiveness in his delivery.
"Between that and the transition to a bullpen role, gave us some confidence he could be a successful part of the team," Daniels said.
Lincecum has worn No. 55. Texas pitcher Matt Moore, who wears 55 now, expressed a willingness to let Lincecum have the number.