The Angels designated former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum for assignment on Saturday.
The team hopes Lincecum will accept a demotion to Triple A and remain in the organization, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Lincecum, 32, posted a dreadful 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine starts after signing a one-year deal with the team in May. The two-time Cy Young award winner and former San Francisco Giants ace has been unable to regain his dominant form of old.
“He hasn’t progressed from his first couple starts,” manager Mike Scioscia said, according to Fletcher. “He’s regressed.”
On Friday, Lincecum was shelled for nine hits and six runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Mariners in Seattle. He has failed to pitch more than six innings or allow less than three runs since making his debut June 18.
The team recalled righthander Jose Valdez from Triple A to occupy Lincecum’s roster spot.