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.
Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.
Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”
Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.
The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.