SAN FRANCISCO -- Since Tim Lincecum lost his job as a starter last week, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy raved about the bullpen sessions his bullpen sessions made.
Lincecum finally got into a game as a reliever Sunday, and the results were nothing to rave about.
The next question to ponder: In what type of situation would Bochy be willing to use Lincecum next?
The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched the final two innings Sunday in the Giants' 15-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. He got roughed up for a home run and a double among three hits, surrendering the Brewers' final three runs.
Lincecum hadn't pitched since being demoted to the bullpen at the start of the homestand. He last pitched as a starter in a 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals on Aug. 23. He had a 9.49 ERA in his last six starts, prompting the demotion.
In eight career relief appearances before Sunday, Lincecum had a career 1.00 ERA.