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Tim Lincecum’s degenerative hips: Everything you need to know, and what MLB history can tell us, about the injury

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May 30, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) hands the ball to manager Bruce Bochy (not pictured) as he is relieved in the fifth inning of their MLB baseball game with the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

It seemed pretty odd that Tim Lincecum would need over three weeks to recover from a forearm bruise, but Bruce Bochy revealed the real reason behind the former ace’s absence on Monday:

Since the news broke, the media has been flooded with stories best classified as career obituaries—thanks, Kawakami—due to the severity of degenerative conditions. In case you don’t fancy yourself a wordsmith:

de·gen·er·a·tive (adjective): (of a disease or symptom) characterized by progressive, often irreversible deterioration, and loss of function in the organs or tissues.

Pretty heavy stuff, and obviously bad news for Lincecum. But is it already time for us to call it a career on his behalf? What do we really know about his condition thus far, and what can baseball history tell us about injuries of this nature?

Here are the facts.

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