It sounds like it may be awhile before we see him in the MLB again.
Per mlb.com --
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum,
who was diagnosed with a degenerative hip condition earlier this
season, has not made the progress the Giants had hoped and plans to seek
a second doctor's opinion, manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. Lincecum, who has not pitched since June 27, when he took a line
drive to his right forearm, could be activated when rosters expand
Tuesday. However, he is far away from returning to the mound, Bochy
"He's getting another opinion," Bochy
said. "The best thing I can tell you right now is he's not close. We'll
see in the next day or so where we're at with Timmy." Bochy said the two-time Cy Young Award winner is not experiencing
daily pain, but mostly feels his hips tightening up when he throws. "It's just tightness and he feels restricted when he's throwing," Bochy said. Even when Lincecum was healthy this season, he did not look like the
same pitcher he once was. He recorded a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts and a 1.48
WHIP that was his highest mark for a season since 2012. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny weighed in on Lincecum's situation prior to Saturday's meeting between the two teams. "We put our bodies through a lot," Matheny, who played for the Giants
in 2005 and 2006, said. "Look how his body has been contorted to do
what he did for so long. Talk about a guy his size, he's got the most of
everything he has. It's one of those great stories. Still, it's
probably not comforting to him because he wants to play. ... It's
SAN FRANCISCO -- Growing up in Chickasha, Okla., Giants rookie Kelby Tomlinson always dreamed of hitting a home run in the Major Leagues. On Thursday afternoon at AT&T Park, his wish finally came true. Tomlinson connected for his first career home run, and it was a grand slam off reliever James Russell in the eighth inning that put an exclamation point on San Francisco's 9-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
"It was pretty crazy," Tomlinson said.
"When you play in the yard, you don't just dream of hitting a base hit.
You dream of it being a home run -- a grand slam -- so it was kind of
surreal when you actually do it." As Tomlinson trotted out to second base to warm up for the next
inning, the 41,847 fans at the park stood in applause. He tried to hold
back a smile, but he just couldn't do it. "I've never experienced anything like that, and it was something
special," Tomlinson said. "Usually, during the game, I'm pretty locked
in and don't smile too much, but I don't think I could get a smile off
my face during that."
Bruce Bochy was forced to
manage a big league roster with just two bench players (Andrew Susac
and Justin Maxwell). His only backup middle infielder was center fielder
Juan Perez, whose two innings at second base a day earlier constituted
his first action at the position in six years.
"Ah, he's got Bumgarner and Leake to pinch hit," Joe Bochy said
before the game. "Bruce'll figure it out." Peavy helped with the
solution, shaking off a two-run first inning that his own fielding
mistake helped to touch off and holding the Cubs into the seventh.
Hunter Strickland and Javier Lopez each struck out a batter to mitigate
Nori Aoki's two-base error in left field and strand two runners in
scoring position as the Giants beat the Cubs for the first time in six
tries this season.
You'd think that with virtually unlimited resources that the dodgers could do better. Guess again. here's the mlb.com story --
HOUSTON -- For the fourth time in eight days, there was a walk-off in Minute Maid Park. This time, Jason Castro homered into the Crawford Boxes off Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher
in the 10th inning to give the Astros a 3-2 win and a sweep Sunday --
after it was reviewed -- wasting a brilliant effort from Dodgers starter
Clayton Kershaw. Unable to solve Kershaw all afternoon, the Astros finally cracked the much-maligned Los Angeles bullpen when Carlos Correa led off the ninth with a single off closer Kenley Jansen and Marwin Gonzalez
drove him in on a first-pitch double with two outs, tying the game and
giving the Dodgers bullpen its 19th blown save of the season -- tops in
SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Madison Bumgarner dominated on the mound and blanked the Nationals, 5-0, at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. Bumgarner recorded his second straight complete game and third of the
season, allowed three hits and struck out 14 batters. He even helped
himself with the bat with a solo homer in the seventh inning and an RBI
double in the fifth. The Giants gave him a lead in the fourth inning by
scoring three runs, ignited by Hunter Pence's two-run homer.
Bumgarner joins Juan Marichal as only San
Francisco Giants pitcher to throw a shutout, strike out at least 10 and
homer in the same game. Nationals right-hander Joe Ross
pitched in his native Bay Area for the first time and allowed four runs
on six hits in four-plus innings. The Giants swept the four-game
series, while the Nationals are a game under .500 with a 58-59 record.
After a dismal 1-5 stretch, the Giants got a gutty start from Ryan Vogelsong. He gave up a homer on the first pitch, then closed down the Nats on the next 93 pitches for 5 innings. Bochy had the good sense to pull him and the pen kept the Nats off the board with 8 Ks
If the Giants expect to finish the year with a West title or a Wild Card
berth they will have to be able to count on their pitchers. I'm not
picking on Heston, he's had a couple of poor outings but has otherwise
been superb, just pointing out the obvious. We saw them lose a game in
Atlanta with two blown saves. The staff has to step up here in the final
three innings. In the bad news department FNG Mike Leake will not make
his scheduled start due to a hamstring injury. Ryan Vogelsong gets the
ball tomorrow instead.
This season will likely come down to the final week. The Giants have
peeked at first place a couple of times, a half game up and a half game
down, but have mostly resided in second and stayed within striking
distance of leaders Los Angeles. I expect the close race will continue
until the end. The Giants have the intangibles like Veteran Savvy
Clutchness and championship DNA and all that. The questions are about
the tangibles. Do they have enough pitching for the final push? Will
they survive injuries and bad luck the rest of the way? It's going to be
fun finding out, eh?
p.s. I'm really digging Kelby Tomlinson's geek-chic spectacles. Wouldn't
you know I switched to a similar look just this week? Indeed, I ditched
my usual wire frames for horn-rims. Fashions in "eyewear" (we used to
call them "glasses") have ebbed and flowed between the two since I was a
lad. I don't know what inspired the change for me, just a random "that
one looks good" spoken to the optician at my fitting session a few weeks
back. If I'm accused of being a Kelby copy-cat I won't mind!
He has a 3.4 WAR at this point and he's batting third in what's become a productive lineup ....
SAN FRANCISCO – The player who eventually replaced Pablo Sandoval
as the San Francisco Giants’ third baseman carries around a dog-eared
self-help book, leaves himself reminders to eat – lest he wither away –
and has been tagged with a nickname that hardly fits his physique. If the Giants had requested the exact opposite of their once-beloved Panda from central casting, they would have been sent Matt Duffy. The
6-foot-2 rookie, who may push the scales up to 175 pounds after a big
meal, has dispelled any yearning for the rotund Sandoval with such
consistent and unexpected production, the Giants didn’t bother seeking
an upgrade at the trade deadline.
“We look at him as our third baseman now and for the foreseeable future,’’ general manager Bobby Evans said. Those
plans may eventually change, considering Duffy began the season as a
utilityman and doesn’t exactly fit the profile of the prototypical third
baseman. His Duffman nickname – based on the Simpsons muscular
character – was clearly inspired more by his surname than his slender
build. But the Giants may be hard-pressed to find equal production, let alone similar value. Duffy,
24, heading into Tuesday, is second among all rookies in wins above
replacement (3.4), has the second highest batting average (.301) and the
seventh-highest on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.797) among National
League rookies. He even compares closely to highly touted rookies Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kris Bryant
of the Chicago Cubs, power hitters who have attracted national
attention. Bryant trails Duffy in OPS, slugging percentage (SLG) and
wins above replacement (WAR) and Pederson trails in SLG and WAR. “They’re
great baseball players, exciting baseball players,’’ Duffy said of his
rookie of the year competitors. “To even be lumped into a conversation
or even a footnote with them is exciting.’’
Maybe the Rangers got lucky in the first two innings.....
Texas' Rougned Odor slid furiously and late into Giants second baseman Joe Panik
at the bag in an attempt to break up a double play. Odor's effort,
which might have been interpreted as unnecessarily aggressive, certainly
caught Bumgarner's attention. Asked if he considered Odor's slide hard,
Bumgarner replied, "It sure was." Bumgarner's discontent truly escalated after Delino DeShields
popped up to end the fourth. Frustrated, DeShields tossed his bat in
the air as if he were a baton twirler. Incensed at what he considered to
be an impudent gesture by DeShields, Bumgarner bellowed at him, and
both benches emptied. Words were exchanged, most notably between
Bumgarner and Texas' Adrian Beltre, but Bumgarner, last year's postseason hero, had made his imprint on the game, as he so often does. "I think he was a little grumpy anyway, the way the game was going,"
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner. "I guess the flip of the
bat, that was his boiling point." Said DeShields, "I don't get into those kind of altercations. I didn't really get it. If he was trippin' at me, whatever." Earlier this season, Bumgarner took offense when the Dodgers' Alex Guerrero and then-Brewer Carlos Gomez
used their bats as props to perform similar histrionics. "If you don't
respect me, at least respect the game" is Bumgarner's unspoken attitude. As for his spoken remarks, when asked about the events of the fourth
inning, Bumgarner said, "I think it's pretty self-explanatory, don't
you?" Bumgarner couldn't fully explain the extremes of his performance. The
Rangers ravaged him for six runs and six hits in the first two innings,
including home runs by Beltre and Elvis Andrus.
Then Bumgarner surrendered three hits in five shutout innings,
resembling the 21-year-old who pitched eight shutout innings in Game 4
of the 2010 World Series on the same mound to set up San Francisco's
Fall Classic triumph the next night. .