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.
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.
After Jake Peavy won the 2013 World Series with the Red Sox, he bought a Duck Boat. After he won with the 2014 World Series with the Giants, he bought a cable car. That all seemed odd until you realized that he basically lives in a theme park.
Really, his ranch/plantation/farm or whatever you want to call it down in Alabama is all about big displays, as you can see in this behind-the-scenes video of Peavy’s abode below. And no, the Duck Boat and the cable car don’t appear, but there are enough other fun things. Like his light-up bowling alley. And his old west town. And the baseball bat light fixtures which, actually, would be pretty easy to make and why on Earth have we not all made them yet?
Jake Peavy’s rehab assignment will be longer than expected
Jake Peavy gave up six runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings Wednesday at Triple-A and his rehab assignment for a back injury is going to be longer than the Giants had hoped.
Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that Peavy will likely remain in the minors for at least another 10 days after Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted that the 34-year-old right-hander is “not quite ready” to come off the disabled list.
Peavy has been on the DL since mid-April and claims to be fully healthy now, but Pavlovic says the Giants want to see better results at Triple-A before putting him back into the rotation.