Nov 6 3:28p
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he expects Lincecum to return to the rotation in 2015, Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports. "[Lincecum], I see him going back in the rotation," Bochy said. "We have a need there. That's fair to say."
Lincecum took another step back in 2014, posting a 4.74 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 155.2 innings, but it sounds like the Giants plan to get the most out of the $18 million they'll be paying him next season. The right-hander continued to struggle after transitioning to the bullpen in August, with a 5.73 ERA in 11 appearances, but a move back to the bullpen could still be an option if Lincecum struggles or a more viable option emerges during spring training.