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Angels Designate SP Tim Lincecum For Assignment

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.

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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