10/02/2002 6:59 pm ET
White out: Hammy benches DH
By Mark Feinsand / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- After homering in his first career postseason game, Rondell White will be on the bench for Game 2 of the Yankees-Angels AL Division Series with a strained left hamstring.
White, who was the Yankees' designated hitter in Game 1, went 1-for-3 with a solo home run. He sustained the injury in the eighth inning while running to first base on a grounder to third.
"I'm not completely shut down," White said. "I still think I can help the team. We'll see how it goes."
For the second consecutive game, rookie Juan Rivera will get the start in left field for the Yankees. Fellow rookie Nick Johnson will get the start at first base, while Jason Giambi will serve as New York's designated hitter.
"It's bad enough where he can't play. He can probably pinch-hit," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "The poor guy. It looked like he was coming through, but he becomes a victim of his own aggressiveness. There's not much you can do about that. He runs hard, so sometimes things like that happen."
Torre didn't think that White would be able to play the field in this series, which could stretch out until Sunday should it go the maximum five games.
"Being a short series, it's just a few days until Sunday if it goes that far," Torre said. "My guess would be it won't get better by then."
White received treatment on the hamstring at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, and said he would continue to do what he needed to rehab the leg. He did not plan on taking batting practice on the field, choosing instead to hit in the indoor cage.
"I hope it will be OK in a couple of days, so I'll be able to DH or play in the field," White said. "I'll keep icing it. I have to play.
Shane Spencer, who played the ninth inning of Game 1 after Torre pinch-hit for Rivera, is available to play in the outfield, but Torre said he doesn't plan on starting Spencer just yet. Spencer missed most of September with a strained hamstring of his own.
"He's playable, but I don't want to push the envelope with him yet," Torre said. "I'd rather use him like I did last night, if I have to pinch-hit, I can put him out there. I'd rather have him finishing than starting, until I know for sure that he's going to be able to hold together."
Considering his recent success at the plate and his home run in the opener, White may have been in line to start Game 2 in left field had he not hurt himself.
"He's had some quality at-bats. He looks like he's walking around here feeling better about himself," Torre said of White. "It would have been a decision I was going to have to make today, but I knew it during the game last night. He certainly would have been considered."
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.