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Yankees’ DH Davis To Have Surgery

April 17, 1998

DETROIT (AP) _ New York manager Joe Torre feels the Yankees’ depth will help the club overcome the loss of Chili Davis for up to two months.

Davis, the Yankees’ new designated hitter, will have surgery Monday to repair a torn tendon in his right ankle and will be out for about eight weeks.

``We’re fortunate we’ve got somebody else to jump in there,″ Torre said before Friday night’s game against the Tigers. ``We’re not inexperienced. We’ve got people who can pick up the slack.″

Torre said Darryl Strawberry, Tim Raines and Chad Curtis all will fill in at times as the DH. Shane Spencer, making his first major league start, was in the DH slot against the Tigers.

Spencer, recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, had one pinch hit appearance.

``It’s funny, during spring training I wasn’t sure how many at-bats we were going to get Straw and Raines,″ Torre said. ``But we’re fortunate that we have the depth.″

The 38-year-old Davis went on the disabled list April 7, retroactive to April 3. He played the first two games this season.

``I think he’ll be fine,″ Torre said. ``We’d rather have him back for sure in August. I think it’s best to get it fixed now.″

Team owner George Steinbrenner, agreed.

``He’ll come back, I think, with a vengeance,″ Steinbrenner said.

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