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Update: Barry Zito sent for MRI on neck after car accident

Mar 31, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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Update: Zito was experiencing soreness in his neck and upper body as a result of the accident and was scheduled to have an MRI on Thursday morning, Giants spokesman Jim Moorehead said.

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Barry Zito was taken to the hospital and later released after sustaining injuries in a two-car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman reports.

The early word is that Zito, who is scheduled to make his regular-season debut Sunday, didn’t appear to be seriously hurt.

Lt. Ana Brackpool said officers are investigating the accident and that Zito is listed on the report as a “party to” the accident, which means that the officers did not deem him to be at fault.

With Jeff Suppan having been released, the Giants are dangerously short of starting pitching depth should they lose a hurler. Ryan Vogelsong would likely be the choice to step in if Zito requires a stay on the disabled list.

  1. skerney - Mar 31, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    Yikes. Hope Zito is ok. All payroll jokes aside, he is a great person with class, charity and dignity. Aside from that, he can be counted on to make 33 starts, pitch 200 innings, and lighten the load for a great bullpen.

  2. Jonny 5 - Mar 31, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    Can I change my prediction for the season standings still? This should surely…… Oh Wait, sorry. I forgot that it was AFTER 2006 for a second there.

  3. hbgplayer - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    I smell attempted sabotage by Dodgers fans.

    Not that it would be too big of a loss. In the four years since we [San Francisco] got Zito from the A’s, he has continually disapointed us time and time again. I think that we need to trade him or void his contract as he has certainly not performed upto his $128 million price tag. Or, if he wants to keep playing here, he should volunarily reduce his paycheck.

  4. Old Gator - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Nobody wants to be the last guy to die in a war. I would bet nobody wants to be the last ballplayer injured during spring training. Look at Zito. He survives the orthopedic holocaust of the past six weeks only to get pranged at the last minute by some nincompoop talking on a cell phone (just guessing here). And with Zito’s luck, that was the ghost of Neal Cassady driving the other car.

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