Lincecum, 32, signed with the Angels in late May after spending months rehabbing from hip surgery last September. However, he showed few signs of recapturing the form that made him a sensation during the early years of his nine-year tenure with the Giants.
In nine starts for the Angels, Lincecum had a 9.16 ERA, a 2.37 WHIP and struck out 32 batters in 38 1/3 innings. His last start came on Aug. 5, after which he was sent back to Triple-A, where he posted a 3.76 ERA over seven starts this season.
Although Lincecum is unlikely to call it a career, he’ll probably have to settle for a minor-league contract this offseason and might have to consider a permanent move to the bullpen. After all, these struggles aren’t new. From 2012-15, he had a 4.76 ERA — compared to a 2.81 mark from 2008-11.
It all adds up to plenty of uncertainty in terms of him stepping on a major-league mound in 2017 or beyond.
And if this is it for Lincecum, what a career it’s been. Not too many pitchers can boast two Cy Young Awards, two no-hitters and three World Series championships.