DENVER – San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum had surgery on his left hip Thursday and will need five months of rehab to be ready for the 2016 season.
Lincecum, one of the most decorated, beloved performers in franchise history, has not pitched since June after getting struck on the arm by a line drive. The contusion was minor.
The degenerative condition in his hips and back and loss of flexibility are what contributed to the steady degradation of a once-explosive fastball that barely reached 87 mph this season and ultimately, made him noncompetitive against major league hitters.
Lincecum, 31, started off this season getting results despite another dip in velocity, posting a 2.08 ERA in his first eight starts. But he had a 7.53 ERA in seven starts after that, and opponents batted .314 against him.
He will be a free agent after the season.