Friday marks the end of the All-Star break. Depending on how Tim Lincecum fares against Houston on Saturday night, he might find himself with another break next week.

About an hour before the Giants' early-evening workout at AT&T Park on Thursday, general manager Brian Sabean said on KNBR that if Lincecum (3-10, 6.42 ERA) struggles for a third straight outing, the team would have to consider skipping his next turn.

"I don't want to put added pressure on him, but sometimes you have to do what's right," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I said this in Pittsburgh: I (believe) he's going to bounce back and have a better second half. We certainly need him."

Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who usually gives the media plenty of his time, politely declined to comment after Thursday's workout.

After seemingly getting on the right track in his final two June starts (he carried a streak of 12 scoreless innings into last week's road trip), Lincecum didn't get past the fourth inning in either Washington or Pittsburgh.