Zito Officially Benched

Thursday, Oct 7, 2010  |  Updated 4:04 PM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 02: Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants wipes his head during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on October 2, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Barry Zito

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The Giants' highest paid player is not on the 25-man roster for the San Francisco Giants National League Division Series.  Bruce Bochy released his official list Thursday morning and it did not include pitcher Barry Zito.

Zito said he expected this news during locker room interviews Wednesday.  He said while he thinks he could contribute in the post-season, he would back up Bochy's decision 100 percent. "It's a team effort to get to this place, but we have to go with the guys now and I feel like I can help this team in the playoffs and I have experience. But I stand behind Boch. He's the skipper. I stand behind his decision," Zito said.

Zito also talked about his appearance at last Saturday's game when he allowed four runs and five hits and walked in a run during a losing battle against the Padres.

Zito earned $18.5 million this season and is in the fourth year of a seven-year $216 million contract.  Zito had a tough year to say the least ending the season with a 9-14 record and a 4.15 ERA.
     
Here's the list which does include both Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria, who were also on the bubble.

 Pitchers (11)

  • 41 Jeremy Affeldt LHP
  • 40 Madison Bumgarner LHP
  • 18 Matt Cain RHP
  • 46 Santiago Casilla RHP
  • 55 Tim Lincecum RHP
  • 49 Javier Lopez LHP
  • 59 Guillermo Mota RHP
  • 52 Ramon Ramirez RHP
  • 54 Sergio Romo RHP
  • 57 Jonathan Sanchez LHP
  • 38 Brian Wilson RHP

Catchers (2)

  • 28 Buster Posey C
  • 22 Eli Whiteside C


Infielders (7)

  • 14 Mike Fontenot IF
  • 17 Aubrey Huff IF
  • 10 Travis Ishikawa IF
  • 16 Edgar Renteria IF
  • 21 Freddy Sanchez IF
  • 48 Pablo Sandoval IF
  • 5 Juan Uribe IF


Outfielders (5)

  • 9 Pat Burrell OF
  • 13 Cody Ross OF
  • 33 Aaron Rowand OF
  • 12 Nate Schierholtz OF
  • 56 Andres Torres OF
     

Lori Preuitt was a very happy camper when she figured out her flight to Boston Thursday night and her flight home Sunday both will include TBS on DirecTV. Thank you Jet Blue!

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