Second set of x-rays shows no break for Giants' Zito


Second set of x-rays shows no break for Giants' Zito

April 18, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants left-hander Barry Zito's trip to a Bay Area podiatrist on Monday, which included specialized x-rays designed to provide a more accurate assessment of the extent of any structural damage in his sprained right foot, confirmed an earlier x-ray's finding that there are no broken bones.
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Zito, who suffered the injury while making a play on a popped-up bunt Saturday at Chase Field in Arizona, was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his 12-year career in the big leagues Sunday and is expected to miss a minimum of two starts; a club source indicated that a two-start absence would represent the "best-case scenario." Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, a former top prospect in the Giants organization who recently spent three pitching years in Japan before signing a minor-league deal with San Francisco prior to spring training, was called up to replace Zito in the starting rotation and will make his 2011 with the team Friday against the Braves at AT&T if his services aren't required out of the bullpen in the three-game series at Colorado that wraps up Wednesday.

The Giants are off Thursday but plan to use the day to give the remaining four members of the rotation an extra day of rest.In the fifth year of a seven-year, 126 million contract that includes an 18 million option for 2014 that would vest if he pitches 200 innings in 2013, 400 in 2012-13 or 600 from 2011-2013, Zito is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in three games and has allowed 12 hits and eight walks over 13 innings of work.Zito, 32, underwent an MRI in Arizona on Sunday and is currently on crutches and wearing an immobilization boot. He has never missed a start with an injury, a streak of 356 assignments during which he's also made two relief appearances.

Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP


Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jimmie Ward was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list to open training camp with a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced Friday morning.

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan stated on Thursday that all of their players were healthy and no players would be headed to PUP or the non-football injury list.

But that was before the 49ers were scheduled to have their conditioning test. Ward sustained the injury on Thursday during the team's conditioning test. The team lists him as "week to week."

He can be activated to begin practice at any time. Ward is also eligible to begin the regular season on the PUP list. Any player who opens the regular season on PUP is ineligible for the first six weeks of the season.

Hyde 'flips switch,' aims to become best back in NFL


Hyde 'flips switch,' aims to become best back in NFL

SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde has been the 49ers' unchallenged starter since the organization allowed Frank Gore to leave in free agency after the 2014 season.

Finally, he has been challenged.

The 49ers drafted Joe Williams in the fourth round, signed veteran Tim Hightower and acquired Kapri Bibbs in a trade. Moreover, Hyde appears to be challenging himself, too.

“My goal is to be the No. 1 rushing running back in this league,” Hyde said. “I feel like I have the best opportunity to do that now with this new staff.”

General manager John Lynch said he has noticed Hyde “flipped a switch” in the offseason. Hyde remained in the Bay Area to use the 49ers’ facilities to work out and eat at the team’s cafeteria. At one point, he even asked coach Kyle Shanahan about being included on special teams.

Hyde reported to training camp Thursday at 228 pounds – the least he has weighed since his high-school days, he said. Hyde could be a good fit for Shanahan’s running scheme.

“It’s outside zone, which is downhill. I’m a downhill back. I feel like I fit the scheme very well,” said Hyde, who enters the final year of his contract.

Hyde had career-best totals of 988 yards and six touchdowns last season with a 4.6-yard average. Although the 49ers could use more a multi-pronged approach at running back, Hyde could be set up for a career year heading into free agency.

“I ran into him in the hall and he looks tremendous,” Lynch said. “He really has dedicated himself. He’s changed his body type this offseason and that to me at the least bit shows a commitment. There’s those stories, but we’re excited to see this whole thing as we take the next step.”