White will not be the everyday designated hitter in 2019, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports. Manager AJ Hinch said he plans to rotate players at DH. "There is no everyday DH at this point," Hinch said. "He can get a lot of everyday at-bats, but the way that I see the roster right now is I'll use the DH and move it around a little bit." White was a force over the second half last year, cracking 10 home runs with a .901 OPS, so Hinch would like to get his bat in the lineup as much as possible. White may get the most starts at DH, but he'll also play first base.
White started at third base and 2-for-2 with a single, double and an RBI against the Mets on Sunday. White can play both corner infield spots, but he's expected to get most of his at-bats as a designated hitter. He usurped that job from Evan Gattis over the second half of 2018 and has a clear line as the primary DH this year. He hit well upon his callup in late July and drove in 42 runs in 66 games. If he maintains a full-time role in this offensively charged lineup, White could get a significant number of at-bats with runners on base.
White is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. White will stick on the bench for a third straight game as Jose Altuve, who is dealing with a balky knee, picks up another start at DH in his place. With White out of the lineup again, Marwin Gonzalez will man second base while Tony Kemp starts in left field.
White is out of the starting lineup for Game 4 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Wednesday, Chandler Rome of The Houston Chronicle reports. White will stick to the bench for a second straight game while Jose Altuve serves as the Astros' DH for Wednesday's contest. Marwin Gonzalez will pick up another start at second base while Tony Kemp patrols left field.
White is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the ALCS against the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. White will take a seat after going 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts during the first two games of the series. Jose Altuve will serve as the designated hitter in place of White, while Tony Kemp draws a start in the outfield.