Barry Zito placed on 15-day DL

BY foxsports • April 17, 2011

The San Francisco Giants placed Barry Zito on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, a day after the left-hander sprained his right foot attempting to field a bunt.

Zito dove to catch a pop bunt in front of the mound by Arizona pitcher Joe Saunders in the second inning of the Giants' 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

He made the catch, but team athletic trainer Dave Groeschner went to the mound after the play. Zito threw one warmup pitch and walked off the field.

Preliminary X-rays were negative, but Zito left the clubhouse on crutches and with a swollen ankle. An MRI exam Sunday confirmed that Zito had a sprain of his right mid-foot. He's scheduled to meet with a podiatrist on Monday in San Francisco.

Zito is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three starts and has not won since Sept. 19.

The roster move will end Zito's streak of 356 regular-season starts without missing a turn due to injury. He had been slated to pitch against Atlanta in San Francisco on Friday.

The Giants purchased the contract of right-hander Ryan Vogelsong from Triple-A Fresno to take Zito's spot. Vogelsong was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 17 strikeouts in two starts for the Grizzlies.



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