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The Giants have moved the struggling Tim Lincecum to the bullpen

Aug 25, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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Tim Lincecum was chased after giving up six runs (four earned) over just 2 2/3 innings on Saturday against the Nationals and now Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports that the Giants will move him to the bullpen indefinitely.

Lincecum pitched a no-hitter earlier this season, but he owns a 4.64 ERA on the year and has really struggled of late with a 9.49 ERA with a 22/15 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings over his last six starts. As a result, the Giants will turn to Yusmiero Petit to start Thursday against the Diamondbacks. With a 3.59 ERA and 87/17 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings in six starts and 27 relief appearances this year, he’s deserving of the assignment.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t announced his plans beyond Thursday, but Lincecum’s velocity and and command have been on the decline for a while now and a move to the bullpen might be the best thing for him and a team with postseason aspirations.

  1. rawdog2013 - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Nobody cares! Just look at lack of comments. This is A’s turf.

    • simon94022 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      You’ve really been waiting 7 hours just to post that response to a joking comment made on another thread?

    • 78mu - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      I think most baseball fans care about a guy that started out his MLB career on a HOF track and now looks like he’s on the journeyman track.

      And it’s another reason why athletes try to get as big a contract as possible since they never know how their careers will play out.

      And why teams should be reluctant to give pitchers long term contracts. Not every great pitcher is going to last as long as Nolan Ryan.

  2. SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Again, Sabean’s gotta be kicking the tires on Colon, doesn’t he?

    • clydeserra - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      no. that would mean evaluating the job he is doing

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    That’s gonna be one expensive long reliever.

  4. dhalb34 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    $18 million reliever right there next season. Ouch.

    • quintjs - Aug 26, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      RAJ just screamed “I told everyone Papelbon is a bargain”

  5. dan1111 - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    Who could have foreseen that this Lincecum deal was a bad idea?

    Oh, right. Everybody.

  6. leroysbutler - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    They could have waited until the Brewers left town. lol.

  7. huddlma - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Smoking too much ganja is a recipe for apathy, drowsiness, and a lack of motivation. Someone should tell Tim.

  8. thisdamnbox - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Timmy just cannot seem to pitch without his personal catcher, Hector Sanchez…Unbelievable…

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