Tim Lincecum is dealing with a “degenerative” hip issue

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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.