SAN FRANCISCO -- Of all the roster moves the Giants have made lately, one of the most intriguing transactions was one that they didn't make. Needing 40-man roster room for left-hander Eric Surkamp, who started Saturday, the Giants easily could have transferred Barry Zito from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, which would have essentially ended his season. Instead, the Giants designated Double-A left-hander Clayton Tanner for assignment, sending the message that they still deemed Zito, who's recovering from a right ankle injury, potentially useful. Manager Bruce Bochy clearly stated that this was indeed the case.
"He could be ready in a couple of weeks," Bochy said. "That's what we may need, as banged up as we've been getting." Zito, who threw off a bullpen mound Friday at the Giants' training complex in Arizona and Sunday at AT&T Park, said that he feels good "stuff-wise" but noted that no timetable has been set for his return. Asked if he had contemplated long-range issues, such as his future with the Giants, Zito said, "My mind has gone to those places, sure. But what can I control? I control what I do today and give my best effort today."
Citing the importance of maintaining "integrity" of effort, he added, "Good things will come when you do that consistently."The Giants still owe Zito $19 million next year and $20 million in 2013 under terms of his seven-year, $126 million contract. Should they decline to pick up the $18 million club option for 2014, Zito would be due a $7 million buyout.