Lincoln threw three shutout innings against St. Louis on Friday in his second straight relief appearance. Hurdle said Lincoln resting is a part of the plan for the righty to transition into a relief role after making four straight starts this month.
"He's not a computer chip. He's a human being," Hurdle said of Lincoln. "The transitions have been a lot. We're trying to keep it really simple in how we're going to use him."
Hurdle said Lincoln will not throw back-to-back days if he throws a complete inning in relief. Lincoln is however encouraged to throw more than an inning, and the Pirates will try to stretch him for three innings as he did on Friday.
Lincoln threw 33 pitches on Friday -- 23 of them for strikes -- while striking out four. Lincoln had struck out fewer than four batters in three of his five starts this season. He also singled and scored a run in the 14-5 Pirates victory.
"I was definitely wearing down out there," Lincoln said on Friday when asked if he could have gone another inning. "The humidity was wearing on me. I probably could have went out there and finished the game off, but it was time."
Lincoln has made 15 relief appearances, posting a 2-0 record, 0.38 ERA and a .157 opponents' batting average. In five starts, Lincoln owns a 6.08 ERA with opponents batting .299 off him. He's given up six homers in 23 2/3 innings as a starter, and just one in 24 innings as a reliever.