There were a lot of question marks surrounding Tim Lincecum heading into 2016 after he underwent offseason hip surgery. He managed to heal properly from the operation, and the Angels took a chance on the former Cy Young award winner in May. "The Freak" had a solid debut, going six strong innings in a winning effort, but the wheels came off in his subsequent starts. Over the rest of the summer, the right-hander wound up posting a horrific 10.58 ERA, 2.63 WHIP, and a 3.1 HR/9, prompting the Angels to ship him back to the minors and off the 40-man roster. Lincecum prefers starting to being a full-time reliever, but it seems the 32-year-old's days as an effective starter are long gone. All extraneous circumstances aside, he seems destined to land somewhere on a minor league deal with the hopes that his work in long relief can land him a big league roster spot.
Lincecum (illness) is scheduled to pitch Sunday at Triple-A Salt Lake, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Lincecum hasn't thrown in eight days, but it looks like the two-time Cy Young Award winner will be back on the mound soon. Unfortunately, his disappointing performance with the big club has continued with Salt Lake. After starting six games at the Triple-A level, he owns a 4.31 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Lincecum has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It was unclear as to whether Lincecum would elect free agency or accept a demotion to the minors after being designated for assignment on Saturday but it is now revealed he has chosen the latter. The 32-year-old struggled mightily in his comeback with the Angels this season, posting a 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP over nine starts and unless he rediscovers how to limit baserunners and keep runs off the board, he figures to remain in the minors the rest of the season.
Lincecum was designated for assignment by the Angels on Saturday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. The writing was on the wall -- manager Mike Scioscia would not commit to Lincecum making another start after another poor outing Friday -- and the Angels went ahead and made a move Saturday. He pitched his way off the roster after just nine starts, failing to turn in a quality start in any of the subsequent eight outings following his Angels debut. Lincecum will now be subjected to waivers, and if he goes unclaimed, he can opt for free agency.
Lincecum (2-6) allowed six runs on nine hits over 3.1 innings in Friday's 6-4 loss to Seattle. All six runs came in the first inning, as the right-hander allowed the Mariners to bat around, capped by a Mike Zunino three-run bomb to break an early 3-3 tie. This could be the last start we see from "The Freak," for a demotion, in some capacity, is in order, as his return season has only gone freakishly bad, posting a scary 9.16 ERA and 5.40 BB/9 over 38.1 innings pitched. Look for manager Mike Scioscia to make a decision on Lincecum in the coming days.
Lincecum struggled again Friday, allowing 11 runners to reach base and giving up four earned runs in a loss to the Red Sox, but he will remain in the Angels' rotation for the time being, Pedro Moura of the LA Times reports. Lincecum sits with an 8.49 ERA and 2.29 WHIP after eight starts with the Angels, which is all the evidence needed to describe how he is pitching right now. However, manager Mike Scioscia said after Saturday's game that Lincecum will receive another start next time through the rotation. That lines Lincecum up to pitch during next week's series with the A's, a team he limited to one run over six innings in his Angels debut, but tagged him for four runs over three innings five days later.