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Tim Lincecum’s fall from grace ends with move to Giants' bullpen

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum walks to the dugout after being taken out of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals during the third inning, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals won 6-2. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Tim Lincecum has been moved to the San Francisco Giants’ bullpen as he tries to work through his latest struggles.

Yusmeiro Petit will replace him in the rotation, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday. Bochy met with Lincecum (10-9) on Sunday about the decision.

“He’s fine,” Bochy said before his team opened a four-game home series with Colorado. “He’s going to work on some things. It’s no problem with him.”

Lincecum, the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, is coming off the second-shortest start of his career Saturday at Washington. He was tagged for six runs, four earned, on six hits with four walks in 22/3 innings.

He pitched his second no-hitter against San Diego in less than a year June 25, but has lost four out of his last five decisions with just one win in his last seven starts. Lincecum received a $35 million, two-year contract in October.

Petit will pitch Thursday afternoon’s series finale with the Rockies at AT&T Park. Whether Lincecum stays in the bullpen and Petit in the rotation beyond Thursday will depend how they each do. “We’ll make that call on the next start after this Petit start,” Bochy said.

Bochy announced second baseman Marco Scutaro is done for the season with his recurring back problems and resting at home in Florida. He played in only five games.

Also Monday, the Giants optioned infielder Adam Duvall to Triple-A Fresno and recalled right-hander George Kontos.


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