Giants sticking with struggling Lincecum

Giants sticking with struggling Lincecum

MILWAUKEE -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Monday that he has no plans to skip Tim Lincecum for a start or do something else to react to the right-hander's struggles, such as sending him briefly to the bullpen.

"He throws too well at times to make any move like that," Bochy said. "Every time he goes out there, I think he's going to have a nice game. He's so close to doing that."

Sunday's game against Oakland provided a vivid example of this. Lincecum struck out five batters in three innings before the A's scored four runs off him in the fourth inning. The two-time Cy Young Award winner fell to 2-4 while his ERA rose to 6.04.

Lincecum bore a souvenir of his fourth-inning home-plate collision with Oakland's Collin Cowgill -- a wrapped left thumb and a bandaged left wrist.

"It's precautionary more than anything else," said Lincecum, noting that his between-starts activities aren't limited in any way.