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Zito's first rehab start pushed to Monday

Zito's first rehab start pushed to Monday

Zito's first rehab start pushed to Monday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Zito's Minor League rehabilitation assignment will still begin with a start for Class A Advanced San Jose -- just one day later than previously expected.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Zito will get back on the mound Monday for the San Jose Giants -- pushing it back from Sunday for scheduling reasons -- but didn't expound much further on Zito's upcoming outing. Bochy said Zito will be "somewhat" on a pitch limit, though he will talk to pitching coach Dave Righetti before setting a specific count, and figured the left-hander would probably throw four or five innings.

Zito was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to Aug. 1, with a recurrence of the right mid-foot sprain that sent him to the DL earlier this season. The move also cleared a spot in the rotation for Jonathan Sanchez.

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In other injury news, Bochy said he will have to talk to Miguel Tejada (abdominal strain) before announcing the details of the shortstop's potential rehab assignment, though he once again reported Tejada was making progress.

"He's feeling a lot better. He's doing quite well," Bochy said. "Hoping he can go get a little playing time before we activate him here soon in a few days."

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