Pirates general manager Neal Huntington says Lincoln might be called up to start Wednesday against the Nationals, a night after Strasburg makes his anticipated debut.
Lincoln was the Pirates' 2006 first-round draft pick. He's 6-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 11 starts at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Lincoln says he would welcome opposing Strasburg, but the Pirates appear reluctant to pitch him under such circumstances.
Only last week, Huntington hinted Lincoln wasn't ready to be recalled.