Giants' Zito to start for Grizzlies Thursday, 'ready to go'

June 14, 2011, 1:02 am
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June 13, 2011


Mychael Urban
Giants pitcher Barry Zito will make his third rehab startThursday, this time with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies after two starts withSingle-A San Jose, as he attempts to rejoin the Giants following a right footsprain."This is all pretty new to me, rehab, so I didn't knowwhat to expect going into it," Zito said. "But I can only imagine anyexpectation I might have had would be exceeded by how well I'm throwing and byhow good I feel physically."If they needed me right now, I'm sure I'd be ready togo."

Zito allowed two earned runs in seven innings on Saturday to improve to 2-0 withthe San Jose Giants, putting him in line to pitch on four-days rest Thursday.
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Out of the Giants' rotation since spraining a ligament inhis right foot while fielding a bunt on April 17, Zito landed on the disabledlist for the first time in his career. Through three major-league starts thisseason, Zito is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA.