Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about the sorry state of Tim Lincecum:

The Giants need to send Tim Lincecum to the minor leagues.

That is an almost impossible thought to get your mind around. But there it is.

There are certain conditions. After the All-Star break, manager Bruce Bochy should give Lincecum two starts on the big-league squad. If Lincecum dazzles, then OK, he stays in the majors.

But if he gets murdered, something he has specialized in this season, the Giants should demote him.

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