Lincecum is expected to throw in a showcase for teams in the near future, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Lincecum is apparently looking to return to the majors after sitting out the 2017 season. He struggled to a 9.16 ERA during his last comeback attempt with the Angels in 2016 following 2015 hip surgery. The 33-year-old, who was electric when at the top of his game, will surely draw interest from teams across the league, who will be curious to see if he's healthy and indeed throwing hard again, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported.
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.
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