May 25, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Update: Friday, July 24
Lincecum received treatment at AT&T Park, per Andrew Baggarly, and Bruce Bochy sounded optimistic regarding Timmy’s chances of pitching again this season.
Update: Wednesday, July 22
There’s a lot of misinformation out there on Timmy’s condition, so I thought I would put together a nifty “need-to-know” guide. Enjoy!
Update: Monday, July 20
Lincecum’s return will be further delayed by a degenerative hip issue, according to CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic. While discouraging, the timing is actually good for Lincecum in the sense that Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy, Chris Heston or any of the bullpen guys could leave the door open for him with a string of bad outings.
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Lincecum has tossed some bullpen sessions in recovery from a badly bruised forearm, but Bruce Bochy wasn’t ready to declare him fit to play when he fielded questions about the Tims on Sunday:
Translation: Lincecum will stay on the shelf for awhile longer. But is it really the injury that’s dogging him?
With a crowded rotation and a bullpen without any glaring weak spots, the real question is whether Lincecum will have a place on the Giants’ roster whenever he’s able to go. Barring another injury, The Freak show may have already reached its end in San Francisco.