Barry Zito threw a scoreless inning against the Giants in Saturday’s spring training finale, then learned after the game that he’d been assigned to the minor leagues, per MLB.com’s Jane Lee. Zito, who could have elected free agency, has accepted the assignment and will begin the 2015 season with Triple-A Nashville.
Zito, making a comeback bid after sitting out the 2014 season, compiled a 4.79 ERA with a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings this spring. He had been hoping to win a spot in the Athletics’ starting rotation, and when that wasn’t a possibility, he vied for a bullpen spot.
Zito, now 36, hasn’t been the same since leaving the Athletics after the 2006 season. Over the next seven seasons, all with the Giants, Zito posted a 4.62 ERA in 1,139 1/3 innings.