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Giants send Barry Zito to have MRI after traffic accident

The San Francisco pitcher complains of neck and back soreness after West Hollywood collision. He'd been scheduled to pitch Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

March 31, 2011|By Bill Shaikin
  • San Francisco Giants starter Barry Zito was injured in a car accident Wednesday night in West Hollywood.
San Francisco Giants starter Barry Zito was injured in a car accident Wednesday… (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated…)

Barry Zito's scheduled Sunday start appears in jeopardy after the San Francisco Giants pitcher was involved in a car accident Wednesday night in West Hollywood.

Zito reported to Dodger Stadium on Thursday wearing a neck brace. The Giants sent him for an MRI examination and will await the results before determining whether he might pitch Sunday.

"He's pretty shaken up," Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said.

Zito was unavailable for comment, but he told Bochy he had neck and back soreness. He told Bochy he expected to start Sunday.

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Bochy said Zito was waiting to turn left at a West Hollywood intersection when the back end of his car was struck. The crash remains under investigation, but Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Joseph Morien told the Associated Press that Zito was not at fault.

Zito was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The other driver was not injured.

Zito, who played at USC, has a home in the Hollywood Hills. The Giants had flown to Los Angeles late Wednesday afternoon in advance of Thursday's season opener against the Dodgers.

bill.shaikin@latimes.com

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