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.
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.
Tim Lincecum hasn’t pitched since he suffered a right forearm contusion when he was hit by a comebacker on June 26, but a different issue is delaying his return to the Giants.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com that Lincecum flew to Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday to see a specialist about a hip condition which has been bothering him since the end of last season. Bochy described the issue as “degenerative,” which doesn’t sound good, but he attempted to downplay the severity of the situation.
“There’s some stuff going on there,” Bochy said. “Degenerative things, which is normal with athletes.”
The plan calls for Lincecum to rest for five days before being reevaluated. However, he obviously has some hurdles to cross before pitching in a game again.
Lincecum, 31, has a 4.13 ERA and 60/38 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings across 15 start this season. He started the year strong, but struggled to the tune of a 7.53 ERA over his last seven starts and was expected to be bullpen-bound prior to landing on the disabled list.