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Giants activate Zito from DL

- Associated Press - Sunday, September 11, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants activated pitcher Barry Zito from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Zito, out since Aug. 1 due to a recurring foot and ankle injury, took fielding practice and was cleared to play after manager Bruce Bochy met with vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans.

The Giants have no immediate plans to return Zito to their starting rotation. Bochy plans on using the left-hander in a variety of roles.

"If we want to give somebody a break starting or if we want to use him in the 'pen" we can, Bochy said. "He'll just kind of be a floater for us."

Zito (3-4) has two years remaining on the $126 million contract he signed with the Giants prior to the 2007 season.

The AL Cy Young winner in 2002, Zito has never won more than 11 games with San Francisco and was left off the postseason roster last year when the Giants won their first World Series championship since 1954.

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