Tim Lincecum might have thrown his last pitch in MLB

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We have seen the last of Tim Lincecum in the majors this season, and there’s no guarantee he’ll make it back next year.

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.