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Mike Lincoln | Relief Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/10/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
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Reds transferred RHP Mike Lincoln from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Lincoln hasn't thrown since hitting the disabled list in early June with oblique trouble. He will be out for at least another three weeks. Sat, Jul 17, 2010 06:00:00 PM

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Reds placed RHP Mike Lincoln on the 15-day disabled list with a strained side.

Lincoln must have suffered the injury in Monday's 12-4 blowout loss to the Cardinals. He has an ugly 7.32 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP in 19 2/3 innings of relief this season. It's not clear when he might be ready to return.
Tue, Jun 1, 2010 03:57:00 PM

Reds manager Dusty Baker said that Mike Lincoln has been taken out of consideration for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Lincoln and his $2.5 million salary was given a chance in good faith this spring, however Baker surely saw enough after he posted an 11.37 ERA over three starts. "We're starting to narrow it down," said Baker. "We're going back to have some meetings and try and determine who is who. It'll probably go down to the wire, even if we have to use minor league games or 'B' games and things like that. As long as we get these guys their innings for endurance sake." That doesn't make the competition any less crowded. Matt Maloney, Micah Owings, Travis Wood, Justin Lehr, Kip Wells and Aroldis Chapman are all still being considered for the gig.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Wed, Mar 17, 2010 08:06:00 PM

Mike Lincoln gave up hits to seven of the 11 batters he faced before coming out of Friday's game against the Indians.

He was charged with four runs, and it would have been worse had Matt Maloney not shut the Indians down after taking over in the second. Lincoln is a candidate to take over as the Reds' fifth starter, but that's largely because he's owed $2.5 million. On merit, he'd be an NRI right now and a long shot to make the team at all.
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 06:29:00 PM

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that right-hander Mike Lincoln will get a chance to compete for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation.

It's a pretty harebrained idea. Lincoln, who turns 35 in April, hasn't made a start in the major leagues since 2000 and missed the latter part of the 2009 season after undergoing cervical disc replacement therapy in July. Nothing in his track record suggests he's durable enough to handle such an assignment. Micah Owings and Matt Maloney will probably have a say with the fifth spot, as well.
Sat, Jan 30, 2010 03:10:00 PM

Reds transferred RHP Mike Lincoln to the 60-day disabled list.

Reports have been positive since he underwent cervical disc replacement surgery in July. Lincoln is tentatively scheduled to begin a throwing program in September.
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 04:09:00 PM

Reds RHP Mike Lincoln underwent cervical disc replacement surgery on Monday.

Lincoln is expected to make a full recovery and begin a throwing program in September.
Mon, Jul 20, 2009 04:17:00 PM

Reds RHP Mike Lincoln will have cervical disc replacement surgery on Monday.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, a prognosis will be made following the surgery. Doesn't sound like a brief recovery, however.
Fri, Jul 17, 2009 02:47:00 PM

Reds placed RHP Mike Lincoln on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 13, with a bulging disc in his neck.

Lincoln has an 8.22 ERA, 2.09 WHIP and unsightly 9/19 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Josh Roenicke takes his place on the active roster.
Wed, Jun 17, 2009 02:23:00 PM

Reds re-signed RHP Mike Lincoln to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Apparently, the Reds did have to go to two years to keep him. According to the Star Tribune, the Twins, Lincoln's original team, were only barely outbid by Cincinnati. If that's the case, Minnesota fans should be thankful. Lincoln's stuff has come back following two Tommy John surgeries, but that's little reason to think he'll improve on his 2008 perforamnce. The 33-year-old has as a 5.02 ERA in 333 2/3 innings as a major leaguer.
Thu, Dec 4, 2008 05:03:00 PM

The Reds have re-signed free agent Mike Lincoln to a two-year, $4 million contract, according to the Denver Post.

Bob Howry gets $2.75 million for one year and Lincoln gets two? The 33-year-old Lincoln was an adequate reliever for the Reds in his comeback season, finishing with a 4.48 ERA in 70 1/3 innings. Of course, it was his first major league action since 2004. Just once in his career has he thrown at least 50 innings and posted an ERA under 4.00. There's simply no reason to be giving such a pitcher a two-year guarantee.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Dec 4, 2008 01:42:00 PM

Mike Lincoln became the first pitcher this year to give up back-to-back homers against the Padres when Kevin Kouzmanoff and Khalil Greene took him deep in the seventh inning on Thursday.

We're not sure what's more incredible: that Lincoln made the Reds after more than 2 1/2 years off by amassing a 5.25 ERA this spring or that he's still around now despite lugging around a 6.86 ERA. The Reds should be able to do better.
Fri, May 23, 2008 12:40:00 AM

Mike Lincoln, who apparently has won a spot in Cincinnati's pen, pitched a scoreless inning Saturday to lower his ERA to 5.25.

Clearly, the Reds made the right decision after all. The 32-year-old Lincoln will gain a spot despite not having pitched in the majors through 2004. His career ERA is 5.16 ERA in 263 1/3 innings, and he's given up seven runs while posting a 6/4 K/BB ratio in 12 innings this spring. He's typically had a pretty good fastball when healthy, but it's his lone major league pitch. There's no real upside here.
Sat, Mar 29, 2008 04:30:00 PM

Reds signed RHP Mike Lincoln to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Lincoln, 32, has undergone two Tommy John surgeries since last appearing in he majors in early 2004. He'll open the year in Triple-A if healthy.
Wed, Feb 6, 2008 01:14:00 PM

Cardinals non-tendered RHP Mike Lincoln.

Lincoln underwent a second Tommy John surgery in August and figures to miss most of 2006.
Wed, Dec 21, 2005 01:24:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Kristopher Negron
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Alfredo Simon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jonathan Broxton
3JJ Hoover
4Sam LeCure
5Manny Parra
6Logan Ondrusek
7Trevor Bell
8Jumbo Diaz
9Carlos Contreras
10Curtis Partch
11Sean Marshall