Lincoln may have to skip side session

Lincoln may have to skip side session

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pirates right-hander Brad Lincoln, with his right arm wrapped in a bandage sleeve on Saturday morning, said it remains too early to tell whether he'll miss his next scheduled spring appearance.

Lincoln left Friday's 3-2 loss to the Phillies in the third inning after being struck in the forearm by a line drive. Diagnosed with a contusion, Lincoln was dealing with soreness and stiffness on Saturday. He confirmed that there is no concern about structural damage. He has to now just wait for the bruising to heal.

"It's a little worse than [Friday]," Lincoln said. "It's definitely tight. The strength is still good. It's just a little weak from the initial punch."

The stiffness puts Lincoln's Sunday scheduled side session in jeopardy. The Pirates have not speculated on how long it might take for Lincoln to return to the mound, though his return to Grapefruit League play would likely be delayed slightly if he is unable to throw that side.

"If I was to answer that today, I would say, 'Probably not,'" Lincoln said, when asked if he'd be ready to pitch on Sunday. "But we're going to do treatments all day on it and see where it goes. Try to get some of that swelling out of there."