|Giants send struggling pitcher Barry Zito to bullpen|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 28 April 2008 14:41|
Zito, who only 16 months ago signed a $126 million, seven-year contract with the Giants to lead their rotation, was informed of the move in a meeting with manager Bruce Bochy.
The left-hander has lost his first six starts this season and has a 7.53 ERA that jumped considerably after Zito was tagged for eight earned runs in a 10-1 loss Sunday to Cincinnati.
T Park during his shortest outing of the year.
A three-time All-Star, Zito is only the third pitcher since 1956 to go 0-6 in April, joining Texas' Dave Stewart (1984) and Detroit's Mike Maroth (2003).
The durable Zito has made 247 consecutive starts without missing a turn due to injury, the longest streak in the majors. He made his only big league relief appearance last season.