SAN DIEGO -- There is no timetable for Tim Lincecum's return, but at least we can give you a rehab schedule of sorts. Lincecum, sidelined by two cortisone shots in his ailing hips, will rest for five days and then start a throwing program. He'll throw on flat ground for a week before getting on a bullpen mound. The Giants will go from there.
So yes, this will be a slow process, and given the time of year and the roster realities, it seems likely that Lincecum will be out at least until rosters expand on Sept. 1. There wasn't much more to report today because Lincecum was getting treatment most of the afternoon, but manager Bruce Bochy said Lincecum was feeling hip tightness going back to last year and that when it popped up again recently the Giants decided to get him checked out by a specialist. Bochy did say he thinks it's "been a little more difficult" for Lincecum to pitch this way.
"I think he can feel a difference and it has made it more difficult with his delivery," Bochy said.
While giving the update, Bochy was asked for his favorite Lincecum memory. He went back to the beginning.
"There are so many with this kid," he said. "My initial memory is the first time I saw him (in spring training). I went, 'This is our No. 1 pick?' Then I saw him throw and I was amazed."
--- Buster Posey was supposed to sit tomorrow, but Bochy decided that today was a better fit. Posey should catch Matt Cain in tomorrow's day game. Bochy noted that Posey caught a ton in Arizona, in part because they played a five-hour game on Friday and in part because he entered mid-game for the injured Andrew Susac.
--- Jeremy Affeldt threw a bullpen session today and is on track to return Friday in San Francisco. Affeldt could, however, be activated tomorrow if the Giants end up having another heavy bullpen night.