Lincecum treated for degenerative hip problem

Lincecum treated for degenerative hip problem

SAN DIEGO -- Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was ordered to abstain from throwing for at least five days after receiving treatment Monday for a degenerative hip condition.

A Giants spokesman said Lincecum, 31, has dealt with hip trouble since the end of last year. Manager Bruce Bochy said Lincecum, the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, received cortisone shots in both hips and underwent an MRI examination during a visit to Dr. Thomas Byrd, a Nashville, Tenn., hip specialist.

Since Lincecum had not signed a waiver allowing him to discuss his condition with reporters, neither he nor head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner addressed the media. But Bochy implied that Lincecum's ailment was not career-threatening.

"This is normal with athletes," Bochy said.

Lincecum has been inactive since June 27, when he sustained a bruised right forearm after being struck by a line drive. According to Bochy, Lincecum struggled with his pitching mechanics when he threw in the bullpen before the All-Star break. That, along with Lincecum's uneven performance, indicated he would not be rejoining the starting rotation soon. After posting a 4-2 record with a 2.08 ERA and working at least seven innings three times in his first eight starts, Lincecum went 3-2, 7.53 and never lasted past the sixth inning in his next seven outings. The four-time All-Star is 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA overall.

This development is likely to silence speculation, at least temporarily, about what roster move the Giants would make to accommodate Lincecum's return from the disabled list.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.