Editor's note: The above video is postgame sound from Tim Lincecum following his June 27th start against the Rockies.
When two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum had season-ending hip surgery on Thursday, most assumed his tenure with the Giants was over.
But there is one person that thinks the pitcher wants the partnership to continue: Chris Lincecum, Tim's father.
"He wants to come back," Chris told The San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea this weekend.
Chris explained how the surgery will help Tim become the pitcher he once was.
“The prognosis is good, and that’s a major relief. I think he’ll be stronger and able to create more leverage. That right leg drives you over the front leg, and he has to be able to drive his upper torso through his hips over his front leg, creating velocity. This affects all his pitches, not just his fastball,” Chris Lincecum told Shea.
"He didn’t have that explosion. That core — the hips, gut, groin, lower back — needs to be strong every delivery,” Chris explained.
Lincecum is an impending free agent, and has struggled over the last four seasons, prompting speculation that the Giants wouldn't re-sign him this offseason.
Giants general manager Bobby Evans went on KNBR 680-AM Thursday and addressed Lincecum's future.
"What that (surgery) leads to in terms of his progression health-wise will really dictate what opportunities he has going forward, with us or elsewhere," Evans said on the radio show.
Last Sunday, Lincecum was asked by the Bay Area News Group's Andrew Baggarly if he had thrown his last pitch in a Giants uniform.
“I really don’t know. I mean, I hope not. I can’t predict the future," Lincecum told Baggarly.