On May 25 the Giants designated Travis Ishikawa for assignment. Today they’re doing it again, and selecting the contract of outfielder Ryan Lollis to take his place on the roster.
The first time he cleared waivers and went to Triple-A Sacramento. He’s been back up since the end of June when Nori Aoki went on the DL. Since that time, however, Ishikawa has only had six plate appearances, going 0-for-5 with a walk. Lollis, 28, in turn, has .358/.431/.500 across three levels of minor league ball this year.
In other Giants transaction news, they have placed Tim Hudson on the disabled list and have activated Jake Peavy.
UPDATE: The Giants announced that Lincecum was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion.
5:09 p.m. ET: Another high-profile injury to pass along here, as Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum left today’s start against the Rockies after he was hit in the throwing arm by a comebacker off the bat of D.J. LeMahieu with two outs in the second inning.
Lincecum was in obvious pain and didn’t even attempt to throw a warm-up pitch before walking off the field. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks before being replaced by Yusmeiro Petit.
Lincecum was struggling even coming into today’s outing and appeared likely to lose his rotation spot with Jake Peavy and Matt Cain slated to come back from the disabled list next week.
Tim Lincecum had the shortest start of his career Sunday, failing to make it out of the second inning against the Dodgers while allowing five runs and recording four outs.
Early on this season Lincecum had a fantastic ERA despite poor velocity and underwhelming strikeout and walk rates, all of which has caught up with him lately.
Since shutting out the Dodgers for seven innings on May 20 to lower his ERA to 2.08, the two-time Cy Young winner has allowed 22 runs in 27 innings while striking out 23 and walking 15.
Sunday afternoon’s start was the fourth time in eight outings that he’s failed to complete five innings and he hasn’t completed six or more innings in back-to-back starts since May 3 and May 8. His strikeout rate is a career-low 7.1 per nine innings, his walk-rate is a career-high 4.4 per nine innings, and his average fastball is down to 87.3 miles per hour at age 32.
Lincecum has been trending in the wrong direction for several seasons now, but he looks awfully close to no longer being a viable rotation option for the Giants with Jake Peavy set to come off the disabled list and Matt Cain soon to follow.
Giants pitcher Jake Peavy will make one more rehab start for Triple-A before rejoining the starting rotation, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports. Peavy hasn’t pitched since April 17 due to a back injury that had been bothering him even in spring training.
Teammate Matt Cain, dealing with a strained flexor tendon in his right elbow, is also one or two rehab starts away from rejoining the rotation. Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston could be jettisoned from the rotation in favor of Peavy and Cain.
Peavy, 34, had allowed eight runs in 7 2/3 innings in his only two starts this season. Cain has yet to pitch this season.