San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has been ruled out of the remainder of the season after undergoing hip surgery.
The 31-year-old will require five months of recovery after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure that repaired his torn left hip labrum and rectified some bone build-up.
Giants trainer Dave Groeschner believes that the decision for Lincecum to undergo surgery now gives him the best chance at being back to his best ahead of the next campaign.
"Timmy was battling to try and get back to pitch this year," Groeschner said. "He was working really hard. He took a couple cortisone shots six weeks ago. As he continued along to try and throw off the mound and get back and get out there, it just wasn't working.
"He did everything he could to try and avoid (surgery). He wants to get back to being Tim Lincecum. He wanted to get this done now, so he can do that."
In 15 starts this season, the last of which was on June 27, Lincecum went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 76 1/3 innings.