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Zito close to return, but Vogelsong staying put

Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:04 pm
By Matt Snyder
Barry Zito is slated to throw 85 pitches in a rehab appearance Monday, but it doesn't look like there's room for him in the Giants starting rotation as things currently stand. That's because Ryan Vogelsong has been lights out since taking over for Zito. Sunday, he handcuffed the Rockies for eight innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out seven. He's now 4-1 with a 1.68 ERA in 10 starts.

"Obviously, Vogu is not going anywhere," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after Vogelsong's gem Sunday (Hank Schulman via Twitter).

Vogelsong, 33, is actually one of the feel-good stories of the season. He entered 2011 with a 10-22 record, 5.86 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 315 career major-league innings.

Meanwhile, there's no way Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner is being removed from the rotation. So Vogelsong makes five. Where does Zito fit on the team?

"We might have to get creative," Bochy said (Extra Baggs via Twitter).

The other option would be trying to make Zito into an eight-figure situational or long reliever. He's only pitched in relief twice in his entire career (against 356 starts), but he's 40-58 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.41 WHIP since signing with the Giants. He has a 6.23 ERA in three starts this season. It's hard to say there's any doubt he's the worst of the Giants' six starters, but that doesn't mean they will send him to the bullpen considering his lofty salary and lack of relief experience.

Perhaps the Giants go to a six-man rotation? The White Sox have used one ever since Jake Peavy returned to the hill. It would qualify as "creative."

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Zito close to return, but Vogelsong staying put

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Zito close to return, but Vogelsong staying put

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:48 pm

Zito close to return, but Vogelsong staying put

As a Dodger fan please put Zito in your starting rotation. Please. Be that stupid. Come on Sabean we all know you are that stupid. Do it.

Since: Jun 1, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:06 pm

Zito close to return, but Vogelsong staying put

Barry Zito is better than Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner. I think Bumgarner has more upside, so keep him in the rotation, but Sanchez has been a huge embarrassment. Zito is making 20 million, either cut him or start him, he has never pitched out of the bullpen and I would not start now. 

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:10 pm

Zito close to return, but Vogelsong staying put

It doesn't look like the six-man rotation has helped the White Sox much.  It wouldn't help the Giants, either, as they have a good thing going right now.  Put Zito in the bullpen and let him develop some confidence there, and if, as, and when an injury hits or Vogelsong's clock hits midnight, he'll be ready.

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