Right-hander Tim Lincecum has been moved to the San Francisco Giants’ bullpen as he tries to work through his latest struggles.
Yusmeiro Petit will replace him in the rotation, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday. Bochy met with Lincecum (10-9) on Sunday about the decision.
“He’s fine,” Bochy said before his team opened a four-game home series with Colorado. “He’s going to work on some things. It’s no problem with him.”
Lincecum, the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and former Liberty High and UW product, is coming off the second-shortest start of his career Saturday at Washington. He was tagged for six runs, four earned, on six hits with four walks in 22/3 innings.
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He pitched his second no-hitter against San Diego in less than a year June 25, but has lost four out of his last five decisions with just one win in his last seven starts. That comes after a four-start winning streak beginning with the no-hitter.
Lincecum received a $35 million, two-year contract in late October to stay with the Giants, his only franchise. He is earning $17 million this season.
The 30-year-old Lincecum has experience pitching in relief, going 1-1 during the team’s 2012 run to its second World Series title in three years. He pitched the Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas in 2010 as the franchise won its first championship since moving West in 1958.
The Giants drafted him 10th overall out of Washington in 2006 and quickly promoted him to the majors in May 2007.
Lincecum — the Cy Young winner in 2008 and ‘09, when he won 18 and 15 games, respectively — went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA and 193 strikeouts over 32 starts last year, his third straight season with a losing record.
Petit will pitch Thursday afternoon’s series finale with the Rockies at AT&T Park. Whether Lincecum stays in the bullpen and Petit in the rotation beyond Thursday will depend how they each do.
“We’ll make that call on the next start after this Petit start,” Bochy said.
• St Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and right-hander Michael Wacha will head to Class AA Springfield this week to begin rehab assignments.
Molina has been on the disabled list since tearing a ligament in his right thumb July 10 and will go through a full workout with Springfield on Tuesday. If he makes it through without a problem, Molina will likely play on Wednesday and could be back with the Cardinals before rosters expand on Sept. 1.
• Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled for surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow and will miss the rest of the season.
Choo was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday. The operation is set for Sept. 15, but it could be moved up to Friday if Choo’s illness subsides.
• Another late clutch hit from Yoenis Cespedes brought an end to Boston’s lengthy losing streak.
Cespedes singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Red Sox survived a ninth-inning collapse to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Monday night, snapping their slide at eight games.
“Cespy has been so good since coming over to us (from Oakland),” manager John Farrell said. “Whether it’s been with a base hit or a long ball, he’s been big for us late in games.”
Cespedes has 19 runs batted in in 22 games since being traded to Boston on July 31. Seven of those 19 RBI have given the Red Sox a lead.
• Bartolo Colon cleared waivers Monday, according to a FoxSports.com report, freeing the New York Mets to trade the veteran pitcher to any team in baseball until the end of the month. Colon, 41, has been steady in his first season with the Mets. In 25 starts, he’s 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA..
• Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan (left oblique strain) could return from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon said. But outfielder David DeJesus (left hand fracture) likely wouldn’t be activated until rosters expand on Sept. 1.
• Washington second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera was out of the starting lineup after injuring his rib in Sunday’s 14-6 win over San Francisco. Manager Matt Williams said Cabrera is day to day.