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Zito escapes serious injury in Los Angeles car accident

Mark Townsend
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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported early Thursday morning that Barry Zito, the San Francisco Giants scheduled starter for Sunday evening, was involved in a two-car accident on Wednesday night in Los Angeles a few hours after the team arrived for Thursday night's season opener.

Writes Schulman:

Here is what I know from Lt. Ana Brackpool, a watch commander for the police department: She said Zito was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles with unknown injuries. He was involved in a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Sunset Plaza Drive in the small suburb that borders Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, not far from where Zito has a home in the Hollywood Hills.

According to Schulman's sources, Zito was released from the hospital a short time later and didn't appear to have any significant injuries. He also noted that Zito was listed as a "party to" the accident, which means the officers have determined he was not at fault.

To say Zito has had a tumultuous spring would be an understatement. Back on March 2, with rumors of a possible release or trade swirling around him, Zito entered into a closed door with manager Bruce Bochy to discuss his role with the club. Bochy reassured Zito his spot was secure, and officially named him the team's fourth starter.

And so begins the 2011 baseball season. This isn't exactly how we envisioned starting off the day, but we're just relieved to hear Zito was able to leave the hospital quickly and without a noticeable injury. Now we're hopeful there's nothing minor involved that will keep him from making his first start.

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