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Barry Zito pitching well through two minor league rehab starts

Jun 12, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

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Giants left-hander Barry Zito allowed just two hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings last Monday in his first rehab start at Single-A San Jose. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk while reporting no discomfort in his once-sprained right foot.

Zito was back at it again on Saturday at San Jose, according to CSN Bay Area, surrendering just two earned runs over seven strong frames and striking out six in his second minor league rehab start.

The Giants are likely to move the veteran left-hander to Triple-A Fresno for his next rehab outing and could ask him to make two or three appearances there before they consider activating him from the disabled list sometime in early July.

Ryan Vogelsong has emerged as a highly reliable piece of the San Francisco starting rotation since Zito went down in mid-April and certainly won’t be demoted or moved to a different role. It may be Zito, in fact, who is asked to become a long reliever. Yes, an $18.5 million long reliever. That’s his 2011 salary.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Never really liked Zito, even going to to the Oakland days, but you gotta love that ‘stache!

    • jwbiii - Jun 12, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      Yep. Looks like his ‘stache is in the best shape of its life.

      • skerney - Jun 12, 2011 at 6:19 PM

        Ryan Vogelsong could grow a better one.

  2. thomas2727 - Jun 12, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    With the current 5 man rotation Zito will slot into middle relief/spot start duty as long as the current 5 guys stay healthy.

    Mota will probably be the odd man out.

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