According to sources on Twitter, Andrew Baggarly says that Barry Zito has been pulled from the San Francisco Giants starting rotation.
This move could be seen from a mile away, and it’s about time Giants skipper Bruce Bochy made the announcement.
Zito will pitch out of the bullpen, while recently acquired Guillermo Moscoso will get the start on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s weighing the possibility of working with a six-man rotation later this season, so he hasn’t committed to how long Zito will actually be in the bullpen.
“For how long, I couldn’t tell you. It was time for a change.” Bochy said, posted by Baggarly on Twitter.
Zito owns a 5.09 ERA in 21 starts this season, with a 4-8 record.
Now, Alex Pavlovic also reported on Twitter that Moscoso will take Zito’s spot in the rotation for the Giants. Moscoso who was acquired last week from the Chicago Cubs has an era of 4.19 over 24 starts and 34 relief appearances in the majors.
Bochy makes it official. Zito is in the bullpen. “For how long, I couldn’t tell you. It was time for a change.”
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) August 2, 2013
Moscoso starting Sunday. Bochy: “It was time to make a change.”
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) August 2, 2013