PITTSBURGH (AP) -Barry Zito, demoted to the San Francisco Giants bullpen last week, is returning to the starting rotation without having made any relief appearances.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Zito will start Wednesday's game at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Zito, who a year ago signed a $126 million, seven-year contract, was sent to the bullpen last week after a terrible start. The left-hander lost his first six starts and had a 7.53 ERA.
Bochy made his announcement before Tuesday's game.
Zito was San Francisco's opening-day starter this season and is only the third pitcher since 1956 to go 0-6 before May, joining Texas' Dave Stewart (1984) and Detroit's Mike Maroth (2003).
The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner with Oakland is a three-time All-Star.
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