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Giants’ Tim Lincecum facing five months of rehab after surgery

Associated Press

DENVER – San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum had surgery on his left hip Thursday and will need five months of rehab to be ready for the 2016 season.

The operation on the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner was performed in Vail, Coloado, by Dr. Marc Philippon. Before the Giants began a series with the Colorado Rockies, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said Philippon “was pretty confident he’ll get back to major league pitching for next season.”

Groeschner said Philippon repaired Lincecum’s torn left hip labrum during the arthroscopic procedure and addressed a hip impingement or bone build-up that had occurred over time and was the biggest source of discomfort for the pitcher.

“I’m glad we did something,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “It’s going to give Timmy a little peace of mind to get this behind him”

Lincecum will begin range of motion exercises Friday, Groeschner said, and remain in Vail before traveling to Scottsdale, Arizona, early next week and begin working there with the Giants’ physical therapist.

Lincecum, 31, went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 76 1/3 innings this season in 15 starts, the last on June 27.

Lincecum was the first player to win back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards in his first two full seasons — 2008 and 2009. But he has struggled the past four seasons, going 39-42 with a 4.68 ERA. In this, the final season of a two-year, $35 million contract, Lincecum is making $18 million. He will be a free agent after the season.

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