Woody’s News Roundup Mar 1, 2012

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The big news around the internets is that Tim Lincecum got a twitter.

Yes, that’s right, the Freak himself is now on the twitter machine at @TimLincecum (creative, isn’t it?).

And his first tweet is, to of all people and things, Clint Dempsey and the United States NT:

The reason why Timmy got the twitter? Soccer, as reported by Andrew Baggarly:

Yes, it really was Lincecum. He called his agent, Rick Thurman, after the U.S. upset Italy Wednesday — their first victory over the soccer-mad nation in 78 years.

“That’s what inspired him to Tweet,” said Paul Kuo, director of public relations for the Beverly Hills Sports Council. “He asked us to help him set up an account and he told us he wants to do it. He doesn’t want us to handle it.

So there you have it. Timmy is a footy fan and that’s why he’s on twitter.

In other news, Buster Posey will not be starting in exhibition games this weekend to allow more time for his ankle to heal.

From Baggarly:

The Giants’ cleanup-hitting catcher won’t play on Saturday and might not make his Cactus League debut until the middle of next week, Bochy said. Trainers and club officials agreed that Posey’s reconstructed left ankle needs more time, especially when it comes to sliding and baserunning.

This is, of course, the most logical thing to do. It’s only an exhibition game and why risk Posey getting hurt? No point in trotting him out there when he can let his ankle heal some more and be in better condition come Opening Day.

Hey, speaking of catchers, Alex Pavlovic writes that the Giants have depth at that position:

Fearful that he might leave someone out, Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t often single out impressive minor leaguers. But there’s one group that caught his eye from the first day of camp.

“This is the best young catching talent that I’ve ever seen at a major league camp,” Bochy said. “I’ve been told we had some really good young catchers coming up and you can see them now. You can see why our minor league people are very exiting about our catching.”

That excitement could turn into relief in coming years. Buster Posey remains on schedule to start opening day and expects to catch for the foreseeable future, but both he and the organization have acknowledged that Posey’s surgically repaired ankle likely will eventually need a move to a less physically demanding position.

Whether that move happens later this season or years down the line, the position should be in good hands. Three of the organization’s top 10 prospects are catchers: Tommy Joseph, Andrew Susac and Hector Sanchez.

It’s good to know that the Giants are thinking about the future.

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