Barry Zito, who is working away in the minor leagues this season with the hope of make it back to the major leagues, hit a tiny speed bump over the weekend.
The 37-year-old, who has logged 137 innings for the Nashville Sounds, was placed on the 7-day DL Sunday with a shoulder injury, according to the Pacific Coast League's official transaction page. The move is retroactive to Friday, August 7.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Zito is dealing with a minor left shoulder injury. He was supposed to start Tuesday against Iowa. Instead, he is expected to come off the DL later this week and start Saturday against El Paso.
The former 2002 AL Cy Young award winner has spent the entire season with the A's Triple-A affiliate, and has posted a 3.48 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 23 appearances (22 starts).
In his last start with the Sounds on August 5, Zito pitched six scoreless innings against Memphis. He allowed one hit, didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
Zito last pitched in the majors with the Giants in 2013, when he posted a 5-11 record with a 5.74 ERA in 30 appearances.