Expos' White Out for Season
Jul. 22, 1998
MONTREAL (AP) _ Rondell White's first error of the season was also his last.
Montreal's center fielder learned Tuesday that the finger he broke in Monday night's loss to Philadelphia will keep him out for the rest of the season.
White, who was hitting .300 with 17 homers and a team-leading 58 RBIs at the time of the injury, broke his right ring finger and suffered ligament damage when he was struck there by Mike Lieberthal's shallow fly in the sixth inning.
White stayed in the game and caught the final out of the sixth but was removed from the game before the seventh and sent to St. Mary's Hospital for X-rays, which revealed the fracture.
The Expos figured White would only miss a few weeks and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, but further examination revealed the ligament damage.
White flew to New York on Tuesday to get a second opinion from hand specialist Dr. Richard Eaton rather than undergo an operation by team doctors.
``Rondell was never lucky,'' Expos manager Felipe Alou said. ``Whenever he gets hurt, it's really bad.
``You'd never imagine an easy fly ball like that could cause so much damage. I couldn't believe it was his right hand that was injured.''
White, who catches with his left hand, used two hands on the shallow fly from Lieberthal, but the ball struck his unprotected hand and fell for his first error of the season.
It was the second serious injury of his career.
On April 26, 1996, White suffered a bruised kidney while diving for a Larry Walker line drive. He was out for 79 days.
With 16 steals this season to go along with his 17 homers, White was on pace for his first 20-20 season.
``We're certainly going to miss his bat,'' said Alou.
Ironically, White had asked to be rested the day prior to his injury, missing his first start of the season.
The Expos called up Terry Jones from Triple-A Ottawa on Tuesday to replace White on the 25-man roster.