A’s ship Barry Zito to Triple-A

OAKLAND (KRON) — You bet, Barry Zito is accepting his assignment to Triple-A Nashville.

The 36-year-old lefty didn’t work his way back from a year out of baseball only to stop his comeback bid now just because he didn’t make the Oakland Athletics’ opening-day roster.

The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday and said after the A’s final exhibition game he would head to Nashville — he’s never been — with his wife and young son.

“Yeah, I’m going to take it,” said Zito, sporting a T-shirt that read “Be Your Self.” ”I’m going to just continue to go have some fun pitching. That’s been my goal all along.”

He had already texted a few music buddies and looks forward to returning to the A’s if he can. Zito pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning Saturday in Oakland’s 2-1 loss to San Francisco, where he got a $126 million, seven-year contract before the 2007 season to leave his original A’s club.

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