SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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.
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 2 2-3 innings.
The 30-year-old Lincecum has experience pitching in relief, going 1-1 during the team's 2012 run to its second World Series title in three years. He pitched the Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas in 2010 as the franchise won its first championship since moving West in 1958.