In an effort to keep his innings total down, the Giants are planning on skipping Tim Lincecum's next turn in the rotation.
The Giants are off Thursday, so they could wait until Sept. 4 to use Lincecum again. If they want him to go a full nine or 10 days between starts, then they'll probably give Pat Misch a spot start.
It is also mentioned on Giants official website
Rotation shift? Manager Bruce Bochy hinted that the Giants will give additional rest to Tim Lincecum and perhaps other starting pitchers by juggling the rotation and taking advantage of Thursday's scheduled off-day -- their first since July 30.
While emphasizing that Lincecum's arm is sound, Bochy mentioned the possibility of skipping the prized right-hander for a turn or moving him back in the rotation. Lincecum, 23, has pitched 161 1/3 innings this season -- 130 1/3 for the Giants and 31 in Triple-A -- and the Giants are understandably squeamish about pushing him toward the 200-inning level during his first September as a professional.
Again, I wish these things popped up before the week's beginning. My team really needs wins and Lincecum vs. WAS was a very favorable match-up. Who knows though, there were similar reports about skipping Linc weeks ago, which I followed and got completely screwed b/c he threw 2 gems that week.