ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Left-hander Barry Zito was officially pulled from the Giants' rotation on Friday. Zito will be replaced by right-hander Guillermo Moscoso, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs last month.
Zito, 0-7 with a 9.97 ERA in nine road starts, will be in the bullpen through the rest of this series. With Moscoso slated to start Sunday and right-hander Ryan Vogelsong nearing a return, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it was too early to say anything definitive about the rotation spot or Zito's future role.
"Sometimes it's just time for a change," Bochy said. "You get in a rut. How long this is going to be, I can't tell you. But it was time to mix it up, change it up. It was time to change what has happened on the road here with Z. And it's good to give this kid (Moscoso) a look."
Bochy said the Giants have considered going to a six-man rotation to get extra rest for their veterans and extra looks at others, but that's a move that wouldn't be made until the Giants are closer to the end of the season.
Zito has mostly struggled during his seven years in San Francisco, but delivered huge performances in the National League championship series and World Series last fall. Bochy said Zito, a free agent at the end of the year, took the news well.
"You never like to tell a guy you're making a change," Bochy said. "But he understood. He was great."