Tim Lincecum allowed six runs over 3 1/3 innings of work on Friday, and today the Los Angeles Angels have designated Lincecum for assignment.
Today the #Angels recalled RHP Jose Valdez from Salt Lake and designated RHP Tim Lincecum for assignment.
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 6, 2016
If Lincecum clears waivers, the Angels will ask him to accept an assignment to Triple-A. If Lincecum declines, the Halos will then either trade or release him.
“He hasn’t progressed from his first couple starts,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s regressed a little bit. It’s a matter of understanding his mechanics, getting his release point more consistent. That’s really impossible to work out at the major league level. We hope he’ll go to Triple-A and work on it and see how it progresses.”
Lincecum, a two time National League Cy Young Award winner, was signed by the Angels in May after the club saw him pitch in a showcase open to all 30 MLB teams. The team gave Lincecum three starts in Triple-A. where he had a 2.65 earned run average before recalling him to the Major League team
The 2.65 earned run average was encouraging for a veteran pitcher trying to make a comeback, but after nine MLB starts it’s clear Lincecum may never be the same.
Lincecum registered a win-loss record of 2-6 to go with a 9.16 earned run average and a 2.734 WHIP. He surrendered 11 homers and walked 23 batters in just 38.1 innings of work.
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