Barry Zito is getting knocked around at Triple-A

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For a brief moment it looked like Barry Zito’s comeback attempt might end with a spot on the A’s Opening Day roster, but he failed to make the team out of spring training and accepted an assignment to Triple-A.

Things aren’t going well there for the former Cy Young winner.

Zito has been knocked around in all three starts for Triple-A Nashville, including failing to make it out of the fourth inning Monday night while allowing five runs and a dozen baserunners.

Overall he’s allowed 14 runs in 14 innings with a .364 opponents’ batting average and 7.71 ERA.

Zito was trying to make the A’s as a reliever, so his struggling in the minors as a starter perhaps doesn’t totally rule out the comeback being successful, but the early results aren’t promising and you’ve got to wonder how much longer the 37-year-old will keep trying after sitting out all of 2014.