Over the course of his entire 11-year career, Barry Zito had never spent time on the disabled list, until 2011. Zito hurt his foot trying to field a bunt, which was a blessing in disguise for the Giants.
Prior to his injury, Zito was pitching poorly with a 6.23 ERA in his three starts. He was allowing a high number of base runners with WHIP ratio of 1.538. The Giants found a gem in Ryan Vogelsong, who replaced Zito in the rotation.
Vogelsong has pitched extremely well as a replacement for Zito. He is currently 4-1 with an ERA of 1.81. More importantly, he has earned his spot in the rotation and will not be going anywhere.
Zito has thrown 13.2 innings with the Giants' single A affiliate in San Jose. He has pitched well in his two rehab starts, giving up eight hits, three earned runs and three walks, while striking out 12. These stats look good but remember this is against Single-A hitters.
The Giants have 30 days from his first rehab start to make a decision on Zito. I do not expect them to do anything until the Giants head to Chicago on June 28, when they will need an extra starter for a day-night double header.
Let's take a look at some of the options the Giants have with Barry Zito.