Sunday, July 9, 2000
Updated: July 12, 8:20 PM ET
Spencer tore ACL in left field
ESPN.com news services
FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Shane Spencer, the New York Yankees' left fielder
who will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury, was
placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
Spencer, 28, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right
knee Sunday night while fielding a ball in left field at Shea
Stadium against the crosstown Mets.
Spencer was hitting .282 with nine homers and 40 RBI in 73
games this season. He rose to quick prominence with the Yankees in
1998 when he homered 10 times and drove in 27 runs in only 67
at-bats late in the season.
"He's devastated right now," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He
worked so hard to get where he's at and now it's on hold."
The Yankees have used numerous left fielders this season but
Spencer had received a majority of the playing time after Ricky
Ledee was dealt to Cleveland for David Justice on June 29.
"It's a shame. He finally got a chance to play every day,"
Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch added. "When I went out
there, he said something popped."
Journeyman Felix Jose replaced Spencer in left field and went
1-for-3. Justice has been used primarily as a designated hitter since
his arrival but can play left field.
"Shane's pretty distraught," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman
said. "A lot of times you see this injury on a football field. He
needs a knee reconstruction."
The injury was originally called a twisted knee, but an
examination at Beth Israel hospital revealed the more serious
Cashman said surgery would be delayed for at least a week until
swelling goes down.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.