Athletics bring Barry Zito back to the big leagues

After spending the season in Triple-A, left-hander Barry Zito is back in the big leagues. The Athletics announced Wednesday they gave selected Zito's contract from Triple-A Nashville and added him to their active roster.

Zito, 37, did not play at all last season. He signed a minor league deal with the A's this past offseason, then pitched to a 3.46 ERA in 138 innings spread across 22 starts and four relief appearances in the minors.

Earlier this month Zito told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the team informed him he will not be called up this month.

"I thought I did everything I could to get a call-up when I was going all right, but it just didn’t work out," he said. "At least I know I gave myself the best chance I could."

The A's have since lost Jesse Chavez to a rib injury, however, creating a need for another starter. Zito was the best available option.

Zito originally broke in with the A's and played in Oakland from 2000-06. He went 102-63 with a 3.55 ERA in green and gold, winning the 2002 AL Cy Young Award. Zito signed with the Giants following the 2006 season and played there until 2013.

There's no word on when Zito will make his 2015 debut with the A's. Hopefully it will be at home so the O.co Coliseum crowd can give him a huge ovation.

Barry Zito is back in the big leagues with the A's.
Barry Zito is back in the big leagues with the A's. (USATSI)
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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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