Tim Lincecum

There is “mutual and strong” interest for Tim Lincecum to return to the Giants


Tim Lincecum has pitched only 76 innings this year in 15 games and, while his numbers were arguably a tad better than they’ve been in recent years, he’s still a shell of what he once was. Indeed, over the past four years he’s 39-42 with a 4.68 ERA, a 1.402 WHIP and a K/BB ratio of 577/267 in 615.2 innings.

That’s ham-and-egger stuff at best, though he’s been paid $75 million over that time. And he’s been on the shelf since the beginning of this month with hip surgery. All of that taken together, one assumes that the Giants and Linceucm, who is at the end of his current two-year deal, will soon be parting ways.

Not so fast! Here’s Andrew Baggarly of the Merc writing after last night’s game:

There wasn’t an opportunity for Tim Lincecum to acknowledge the fans, as he had hoped. But there’s still a chance he’ll be back this weekend.

In any event, a goodbye might not be necessary. The interest is mutual and strong to re-sign Lincecum, from what I’m told. It’s more a matter of when, how much and in what form, rather than if.

You would assume that it wouldn’t be a big deal given where Lincecum is as a pitcher these days. But with Tim Hudson retiring and no small number of holes in the Giants’ rotation heading into next year, it’s at least worth a shot for the club to see if a post-surgery Lincecum has anything left.

Tim Lincecum’s career with the Giants is likely over

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Giants general manager Bobby Evans revealed during a radio interview that Tim Lincecum has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following a setback in his recovery from a hip injury.

Evans told KNBR in San Francisco (via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle) that Lincecum got a second opinion from a specialist and is facing surgery.

Lincecum is in the final season of his contract and Schulman writes that the injury “almost certainly signals the end of Lincecum’s career in San Francisco.”

Lincecum last pitched in late June, finishing the season with a 4.13 ERA and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 innings over 15 starts. His velocity, strikeout rate, and overall performance have been in decline for several years, leaving the two-time Cy Young winner looking like more of a back-of-the-rotation starter despite being just 31 years old.

He hasn’t posted an ERA below 4.00 since 2011, going 39-42 with a 4.68 ERA in 616 total innings during that time. By comparison, Lincecum had a 2.98 ERA in 1,028 innings from 2007-2011.

Tim Lincecum suffers a setback in his injury rehab

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KNBR, citing a currently unavailable report from Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, writes that pitcher Tim Lincecum’s Giants career is likely over after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from hip and back injuries.

Lincecum, who has a degenerative hip condition, had cortisone shots in his hips in July, but the discomfort has persisted. As a result, the right-hander is considering off-season surgery.

“The hip issue is still there,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. “Timmy hasn’t made the progress we would have hoped. I think he’s getting another opinion, so I guess the best thing I can tell you right now is he’s not close…He feels restricted when he’s throwing.”

Lincecum, 31, has made 15 starts for the Giants this season, compiling a 4.13 ERA with a 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. He will become a free agent after the season as his two-year, $35 million contract with the Giants will expire.