SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Lincecum threw 32 pitches in a simulated game Saturday, and afterward declared himself ready to return to the rotation.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to normal," Lincecum said.

Lincecum has been scratched from his last two starts because of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand, but he will start Tuesday night at Scottsdale Stadium. Saturday's outing was on a back field at the Giants facility, and Lincecum faced minor leaguers Brock Bond, Gary Brown and Nick Noonan.

Lincecum left several fastballs up in the zone, but his breaking balls were sharp and he said he didn't feel the blister while he was on the mound.

"It's not going to be an issue from here on," he said. "You try to build (up the skin) now so it's not a problem later."

Lincecum will continue to get treatment as a preventive measure. He said he mostly uses lime juice to control the blister, but also occasionally spreads a "mystery mud" on his blister.

"You don't want to know," he said, smiling, when asked what's in the mud.

Lincecum was happy with his timing and rhythm, and pitched both out of the windup and the stretch.

"He looked good -- real good," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's a good day for Timmy."

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