The Giants will be discussing Lincecum’s status in the rotation. After the two-time Cy Young Award winner was pulled in the third inning of Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Nationals, manager Bruce Bochy wouldn’t commit to Lincecum making his next start.

“This is something we need to talk about internally, what our best option is,” Bochy said. “We’ll look at it and see what the best thing is for Timmy and for us the next time around.”

One alternative is Yusmeiro Petit, who replaced Lincecum and was perfect for 4 1/3 innings. Somewhat quietly, Petit has retired 38 straight batters – the equivalent of one perfect game plus 3 2/3 bonus perfectos.

Lincecum didn’t shy away from questions about possibly missing his next start.

“If that ends up happening, I’m just going to have to work with it,” he said. “If it doesn’t, I’m just going to have to get back on board and work twice as hard to get my stuff right. That’s really all I can do right now.”

Lincecum was lifted after 2 2/3 innings, the second shortest start of his career. He surrendered six hits and issued four walks. Two of the six runs he gave up were unearned, thanks to Pablo Sandoval’s throwing error. Outfielders Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan mishandled hits by Denard Span, but this wasn’t a day to question the defense.