Lincecum undergoes season-ending hip surgery; Giants career over?

Sep 3, 2015 3:33 PM by CBS Sports

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is done for the season, thanks to surgery to repair lingering hip injury. CBS Sports insider Jon Heyman reports the surgery took place early this morning.

The news isn't a surprise in this space, given what Heyman reported earlier this week:

Tim Lincecum will travel to visit noted hip doctor Marc Philippon Wednesday in Vail, Colo., where a final determination will be made as to whether Lincecum needs hip surgery, people familiar with the situation say.

Lincecum has already seen multiple doctors regarding his hip issue, and he and Philippon, the world-renowned specialist, are expected to make the final call after an examination Wednesday afternoon at the world-class Steadman Clinic in Vail.

While Lincecum hasn't been experiencing severe pain in his hips, he has been hampered by an instability that's curtailed his comeback attempts. Before he went on the disablist list in late July, the two-time Cy Young winner could be seen slipping off the mound at times. The Giants have called it a "degenerative" condition.

Nonetheless, doctors are said to have told Lincecum that he could easily be ready for next spring training if he had the surgery, and they've further suggested that he should be able to return to form. They also are said to believe that his steep velocity decline is related to his current hip woes.

Lincecum is set to be a free agent after the season, so having the surgery and getting back to anything close to his old self would go a long way toward securing another big payday. Perhaps he takes a one-year, "show me" deal for next season before attempting to get one last multi-year deal?

The diminutive right-hander is 31 years old. He's a four-time All-Star with two Cy Youngs who also finished 10th and 6th in Cy Young voting during his outstanding four-year stretch from ages 24-27.

This season, Lincecum was 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA (90 ERA+) in 76 1/3 innings.

Lincecum was drafted in the first round in 2006 by the Giants and has been with the organization since. In his nine years with the big-league club he's 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA and 1704 strikeouts in 1643 2/3 regular season innings. He also has three World Series rings as a result of his time there.

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