Giants notes: Zito to get farewell start; Scutaro shut down

Giants notes: Zito to get farewell start; Scutaro shut down
September 24, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Barry Zito has gone 62-80 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 206 games as he approaches the end of his seven-year contract with the Giants. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN FRANCISCO – Marco Scutaro’s season is officially over. But another former A’s player will get a chance to say goodbye in a Giants uniform.

Barry Zito will get a start on this final homestand, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. It’ll likely happen against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, which is Yusmeiro Petit’s day to pitch. It’s possible that Zito could pitch just a couple innings and then yield to Petit, who is undefeated in six starts since joining the rotation a month ago. 

The Giants plan to decline Zito’s $18 million option and choose a $7 million buyout. Thus will end a tumultuous seven seasons in which the left-hander will pocket $126 million for going 62-80 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 206 games (with one to go).

He will not depart with a reviled place in Giants history, though. That victory in Game 5 of the NLCS at St. Louis last year, as well as his performance in Game 1 of the World Series, will ensure that Zito will return to standing ovations when the club reassembles for championship reunions.

Scutaro, who was Zito’s former teammate in Oakland, will not play again this season. He saw a specialist about his swollen left ring finger and was advised to wear a splint, which will make swinging a bat impossible.

He hit .297 with a .357 on-base percentage but his .369 slugging percentage was his lowest since 2007. It was amazing that his numbers ended up looking decent because he battled back and hip soreness all year.

Bochy lauded Scutaro’s determination to stay off the disabled list and play in pain, but said the veteran second baseman, who turns 38 next month, knows he has a lot of rehab work to do – especially since he still has two years left on his contract at $6 million apiece.

“The fact he played as much as he did with the pain he was in really tells you who he is,” Bochy said. “I expect Marco to be back in the condition he normally is and that’s being in great shape and ready to go.”

Bochy has said additional core work can help Scutaro maintain his back better next season.

The Giants are without one other player as they begin a three-game series with Brian Wilson and the NL West champion Dodgers: Infielder Joaquin Arias stayed on the East Coast to deal with a personal matter but is expected back Wednesday.

 

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