Giants staying course with struggling Lincecum

Giants staying course with struggling Lincecum

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy met with general manager Brian Sabean before Tuesday's game against the Astros, discussing the best course of action with struggling pitcher Tim Lincecum.

Bochy said that Lincecum won't be skipping a start or moving to the bullpen, and will be making his next scheduled start against the Mariners this weekend.

"Right now, the best thing is to keep throwing him out there," Bochy said.

The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner has yet to break out of his season-long struggles, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Rangers on Sunday. Lincecum is 2-7 with a 6.00 ERA this season.

"Brian and I talk a lot about a lot of things, including Timmy," Bochy said. "We talked about ways we can maybe help Timmy, any thoughts or what would be the best thing to help Timmy."

Having Lincecum sit for a scheduled start or make a bullpen appearance wouldn't be out of the ordinary for the Giants when it comes to struggling starting pitchers.

Barry Zito skipped a scheduled start when he struggled in 2008, and Matt Cain made two appearances out of the bullpen in 2006 -- only to return to the rotation by throwing a one-hitter against the Athletics in his next start.