(2/17/2011) The Denver Post reports that Rockies 3B Joe Crede, who signed a minor league deal in January, has decided not to report to camp. Crede, who has dealt with back problems all of his career, might retire.
Rockies to give Crede a look
(1/19/2011) The Rockies agreed to a minor-league deal with 3B Joe Crede on Wednesday. Crede didn't play in 2010. He hit .225 with 15 homers for the Twins in 2009.
ChiSox not interested in Crede
(6/7/2010)The Sports Xchange reports 3B Joe Crede has been out of baseball since back problems again hampered him in the 2009 season with the Twins. GM Ken Williams was asked recently if the former Sox third baseman would ever get a call, especially with Mark Teahen on the shelf for at least six weeks with a fractured right middle finger. His reply came without hesitation -- a big "no."
Crede not wanted by Twins
(2/28/2010)Joe Crede remains an unsigned free agent and Twins GM Billy Smith seems happy not to bring him back. Crede played 3B for the Twins last season but Smith won't call Crede an option to bring back. "We've got a few guys over at third base and a few guys battling for utility positions," he said. "We like the guys we've got."
(9/20/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede plans to have another surgery on his injured back. Crede, out for the season, said the procedure by Dr. Andrew Dossett, a Dallas orthopedist, will remove fluid from a herniated disk that is impeding on a nerve. Crede expects to have the operation Friday. The date will be finalized Monday. "It's something I have to do if I want to get back out there," Crede said before Sunday's game against Detroit. Recovery time is about two months.
Crede likely done for season
(9/14/2009)Joe Crede is likely done playing for the year. Crede came off the disabled list last week, but the third baseman only felt well enough to start one game: He went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts on Sunday. Manager Ron Gardenhire hadn't received official word from the team's medical staff, but the manager said Crede probably wouldn't be able to play anymore this season because of a back problem that flared up this summer. "He tried. It's just not going to work for him," Gardenhire said.
Crede to be limited down the stretch
(9/14/2009)The Sports Xchange notes that Joe Crede returned to the lineup for the first time since Aug. 22 on Sunday, batting sixth as Minnesota's DH. The third baseman is still not ready to play in the field, but can DH and pinch hit for now.
Crede comes off DL, not in lineup
(9/8/2009) The Twins activated 3B Joe Crede from the lineup Tuesday, but he was not in the lineup that night in Toronto. Out since Aug. 21 due to a sore lower back, he's batting .229 with 15 homers and 48 RBI.
Crede to get live look at pitching
(9/7/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede (lower back strain) fielded grounders and took part in batting practice Monday and will get a look at live pitching during Francisco Liriano's simulated game Tuesday.
Twins place Crede on disabled list
(8/29/2009) The Twins placed 3B Joe Crede on the 15-day DL on Friday. Crede had missed the last six games because of the sore back. He received a pain-killing shot earlier this week and will get another one before coming back, manager Ron Gardenhire said.
No word yet on Crede's back
(8/26/2009) The Twins were still waiting before the game against the Orioles Wednesday for word from doctors regarding 3B Joe Crede's back problem, which flared up this week and has kept him out for the past five days. He will head into the team's next series against the Rangers as questionable but the disabled list is definitely a possibility.
Crede might have to go on the DL
(8/26/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede's lingering back problems are flaring up at the worst possible time. Crede missed Tuesday night's game against Baltimore with a sore back that has now kept him out four straight games as the Twins try to chase down Detroit and Chicago in the AL Central. He had an MRI exam Tuesday, and manager Ron Gardenhire said it revealed "post-surgical changes." Team pyhsicians need to consult with the doctor who performed Crede's most recent back surgery in 2008 before a treatment plan is formed, so it is still not clear whether Crede will be put on the disabled list. "It's locked up right now. His back doesn't feel very good," Gardenhire said. "I'll let the doctors tell me where we go."
Crede waiting on MRI results
(8/25/2009) Twins third baseman Joe Crede is out of the lineup for Minnesota's game Tuesday night against Baltimore because of a lingering back injury. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Crede was scheduled to have an MRI exam Tuesday to assess the extent of the injury. Gardenhire said he would wait to hear from doctors before making a decision on his status going forward. Injuries are nothing new for Crede, who has missed four straight games. He signed with the Twins in February after missing significant time the past two seasons after major back surgeries.
Crede misses Monday's contest
(8/24/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede did not get into the game on Monday against the Orioles as he remains day to day with a back problem.
Crede an injury risk yet again
(8/24/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede is considered day to day after being scratched from the lineup against Kansas City Sunday due to a sore back.
Crede scratched on Sunday
(8/23/2009) Minnesota Twins third baseman Joe Crede has been scratched from the lineup against Kansas City due to a sore back. Crede was initially in the lineup Sunday, but was replaced by Brendan Harris about 45 minutes before the first pitch. He missed Saturday's game after slightly spraining his ankle while running the bases against the Royals the night before, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he probably could have played.
Crede on RBI streak for Twins
(8/19/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede went 2 for 4 on Wednesday in a win over the Rangers. Crede doubled and drove in a run. He also scored a run and is batting .234 on the year.
Crede returns with great performance
(8/12/2009)Joe Crede hit a three-run homer in his return to the lineup, Francisco Liriano had his best start in two months and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Wednesday night. Crede, who was questionable for the game with a shoulder issue and had not played since Aug. 6, needed two cortisone shots in the joint before the game. He showed no ill effects, hitting his 15th home run in the first inning and finishing with his first three-hit game of the season and the three RBI. Crede is batting .239 for the year.
Crede likely to return Wed.
(8/12/2009) The Minnesota Star Tribune reports that Twins 3B Joe Crede went through a full pregame workout with the team on Tuesday before the game against the Royals. He's expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday.
Crede considered day to day
(8/10/2009)The Sports Xchange reports that Joe Crede is considered day to day after missing the team's weekend series against Detroit with a shoulder injury.
Crede can't return to action Sunday
(8/9/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede missed a third straight game Sunday with a strained shoulder.
Crede sits out with shoulder strain
(8/8/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede was unable to return to the lineup on Friday a day after straining his shoulder. He remains questionable for the remainder of the weekend series against the Tigers.
Crede strains shoulder, should be OK
(8/6/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede strained his shoulder on a swing Thursday afternoon against Cleveland, but is not expected to miss time.
(7/29/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede returned to the lineup at DH against the White Sox on Tuesday after missing the previous six games with an inflamed AC joint in his right shoulder. He went 1 for 4 with a run scored.
Crede could play on Tuesday
(7/28/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede, who missed seven of 10 games on the recent road trip because of an injured right shoulder, took some swings and made some throws and could be in Tuesday's lineup as the DH. "He says he feels good, but the last time he felt really good we put him out there and he dove a couple of times and hurt himself," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Crede an injury risk for Week 17
(7/27/2009) MLB.com reports that Joe Crede (shoulder) is expected to take batting practice Monday prior to the team's game against the White Sox. He played catch before Sunday's game.
Crede to sit until at least Monday
(7/25/2009) According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Twins 3B Joe Crede got a cortisone shot in his achy right shoulder Friday and won't play until Monday at the earliest.
Crede injury just day-to-day thing
(7/24/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede, who aggravated his right shoulder Wednesday, had an MRI on Thursday that revealed an inflamed AC joint -- an injury that won't send him to the DL, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He sat out Thursday's game at the Angels, but he said the numbness in his hand had gone away.
Ailing Crede in 'indescribable' pain
(7/23/2009) The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Joe Crede has been sent to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles Thursday. The third baseman said he re-aggravated his right shoulder last night in his fourth at-bat of the game, and by the time he got to the hotel the pain was pretty intense. "[On Tuesday] there was a lot of throbbing," Crede said. "I don't even know how to describe the pain I had in my shoulder. I've never had that before. There was numbness on the right side (in his arm and hand), which was probably just swelling in that area, probably just pinching on a nerve. If we can get that swelling down I think that would be the biggest thing. Hopefully that's all it is, just swelling."
Crede to visit Dr. Yocum
(7/22/2009) MLB.com reports that Twins 3B Joe Crede (shoulder) is out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games Wednesday. He will see specialist Dr. Yocum in Anaheim on Thursday.
Crede returns with two doubles
(7/22/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede returned to the lineup on Tuesday against the As as he was dealing with shoulder soreness that caused him to miss two games. Crede went 2 for 5 in the extra-inning affair with two doubles and a run scored. Hes batting .239 on the year.
Crede doesn't return to the lineup
(7/21/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede missed his second straight game with shoulder soreness Monday at Oakland. He remains day to day.
Crede day to day for Twins
(7/20/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede is dealing with a shoulder injury that forced him to leave Saturday's game and miss Sunday's contest at Texas. He is considered day to day.
Crede out with sprained shoulder
(7/20/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede sat out with a sprained right shoulder on Sunday against the Rangers. He got hurt making a diving catch Friday, but started Saturday before coming out with he felt "tingling" in his right hand. Brendan Harris started in his spot.
Crede goes deep twice in loss
(7/12/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede went 2 for 4 with his 13th and 14th homers and four RBI in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.
Crede makes one hit in eight ABs count
(7/4/2009) Twins 3B had just one hit in eight at bats during a 16-inning game Friday against Detroit. However, that one hit was a solo home run. Crede has a hit in eight of his last nine games.
Crede only misses one game
(7/1/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Royals after missing one game with back stiffness. He had a single in four at-bats to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Crede is 9 for 28 (.321) with one homer and five RBI in that span.
Crede scratched with stiff back
(6/30/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede was scratched from the lineup Monday against the Royals as a precaution due to back stiffness.
Crede parks 11th homer Thursday
(6/25/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede hit his 11th home run during Thursday's 6-4 win against the Brewers. Crede hit a solo home run deep to left-center field in the sixth, giving the Twins a 4-0 lead and chasing Mike Burns from the game. Crede is 4 for 12 (.333) with one homer and five RBI during a three-game hit streak.
Crede returns with two hits
(6/16/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede played for the first time since June 13 as he was sitting out with a back problem on Tuesday against the Pirates. Crede went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. He's hitting .234 on the year.
Crede (back) sits Sunday
(6/14/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede was scratched from the lineup Sunday against the Chicago Cubs because of a stiff lower back. An All-Star last year with the White Sox, Crede has been bothered throughout his career by back problems.
Crede hits three-run homer
(6/11/2009) After Justin Morneau hit a one-out single and Jason Kubel walked, Minnesota 3B Joe Crede hit the first pitch into left field in the fourth inning for his 10th homer. Crede had just two hits in the series with the Athletics, but both were huge: The third baseman led off the ninth inning Wednesday night with a triple, and a pinch-runner scored the go-ahead run in Minnesota's 6-3 victory.
Crede doesn't miss a game
(6/11/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede was back in the lineup Wednesday against the A's after leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised forearm. He led off the ninth inning with his first triple of the season and was then lifted for a pinch runner, but not because he suffered a setback. Crede was 1-for-4.
Crede forced out with forearm issue
(6/10/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede left Tuesday's game against the A's in the eighth with a bruised left forearm. He had just returned to the lineup after missing a game with a calf injury. He was hitless in three at-bats, but walked once and scored a run.
Crede back Tuesday as expected
(6/10/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede was back in action on Tuesday against Oakland after taking a day off with a calf injury. He went 0-for-3 in the game with a walk as his batting average dropped to .232 on the season.
Crede gets night of rest Monday
(6/9/2009) Twins third baseman Joe Crede was in manager Ron Gardenhire's original lineup Monday, but the training staff advised the skipper to give Crede a day to rest and recover after he fouled a ball off his left calf Sunday at Seattle.
Crede returns with two strikeouts
(6/4/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede was back in the Twins lineup Wednesday against the Indians after missing some time with a knee injury. Crede was rusty and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He's hitting .232.
Crede to rest knee one more night
(6/2/2009) The Twins are missing third baseman Joe Crede and right fielder Michael Cuddyer due to injuries. Crede and Cuddyer were not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Cleveland, leaving manager Ron Gardenhire with a two-man bench. Gardenhire is concerned Cuddyer's strained right index finger could linger. Last season, Cuddyer dislocated the same finger and was placed on the DL. He isn't sure how he hurt it this time, but he woke up Sunday with discomfort and was forced out of the game that afternoon at Tampa Bay when the pain increased after a swing in his only at-bat. Crede fouled a ball off his left knee and left Saturday's game at Tampa Bay. It is still swollen, but he is expected back for Wednesday's game.
(5/31/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede was not in the starting lineup Sunday against the Rays after fouling a ball off his left knee Saturday. He's day to day.
Crede fouls ball off knee, leaves
(5/30/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede left Saturday's game against Tampa Bay in the fourth inning after fouling a ball off his left knee. Crede was scheduled to undergo X-rays. Brendan Harris moved from shortstop to third base after Crede came out. Matt Tolbert replaced Harris at shortstop.
Crede homers in return to lineup
(5/28/2009)Joe Crede hit a home run Thursday in his return from a three-game absence because of a bruised hand. He has homered in the last three games he has played in.
Crede expects to play Thursday
(5/27/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede said his bruised hand felt better on Wednesday and he expected to be back in the lineup on Thursday against Boston.
Crede likely to miss more time
(5/27/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede had X-rays on his right hand Tuesday, where he was hit by a pitch Sunday. He came out of that game and hasn't played since, unable to squeeze a bat with much strength.
Crede sits with bruised hand
(5/25/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede sat out Monday's game against the Red Sox after being hit by a pitch Sunday. His right hand was still swollen, no X-rays were ordered yet.
Crede leaves after being hit on hand
(5/24/2009) Minnesota Twins 3B Joe Crede left Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with bruised right hand. Crede was hit in the hand by a pitch from Dave Bush in the bottom of the sixth inning. He stayed in the game in the top of seventh, but left after an out was recorded. He is listed as day-to-day. Crede hit his eighth home run of the season in fourth inning to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead.
Crede hits seventh 2009 homer
(10:40 pm ET) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede hit his seventh home run of the 2009 season on Saturday in a 6-2 win over the Brewers. He went 2-for-4 in the game with the two-run long ball. His batting average increased to .228 on the season with the performance.
Crede goes deep a sixth time
(5/21/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede hit his sixth home run of the season on Thursday in a 20-1 rout of the White Sox. It was a two-run shot and his only hit in six at-bats.
Crede returns with 0-for-4 effort
(5/18/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede returned to action for the first time since May 15 on Monday night in the series finale against the Yankees. Crede was out dealing with a back problem and went 0-for-4 in his return with a walk and a strikeout. His average is .223.
Crede an injury risk in Week 7
(5/17/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede, who left Friday night's game with tightness in his back and hamstrings, did not play on Sunday against the Yankees. Crede says he's feeling better but isn't sure when he'll be able to return to the lineup. He'll be questionable to end the series with the Yankees on Monday.
Crede questionable for Yankees series
(5/16/2009) Third baseman Joe Crede is questionable for the rest of the Minnesota Twins' series against the New York Yankees after he left Friday night's game with tightness in his back and hamstrings. Crede says he's feeling better but isn't sure when he'll be able to return to the lineup. He departed in the fifth inning of the series opener. Brian Buscher was in the lineup at third for Saturday's game against New York. "This is just more spasms and stuff like that," said Crede, who has a history of back problems. "It just comes and goes and whenever it comes you've got to take a step back because that could lead into something even worse. It's like I said before: It's always a good sign when there's no sharp pains back there."
Crede leaves with a tight back
(5/15/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede left in the fifth inning of Friday's game against the Yankees because of a tight lower back. Minnesota said he was day to day. He went 0-for-2 in the game, leaving four base runners on.
Crede hits game-winning grand slam
(5/14/2009)Joe Crede hit a two-out, two-strike grand slam in a tied game in the 13th inning Wednesday night against Detroit. This was his seventh career grand slam. He hit one in 2002 with the Chicago White Sox that ended a game, too. "You always remember those," Crede said, smiling as he quickly recalled the details.
Crede returns to lineup for Twins
(5/12/2009) Minnesota Twins third baseman Joe Crede returned to the lineup on Tuesday night after missing three games with a sore left hamstring. Crede was injured last week in Baltimore. The Twins wanted to be cautious, so he missed the weekend home series against Seattle. Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris filled in for him at third base. Crede says he has felt better every day and told manager Ron Gardenhire when he got to the Metrodome on Tuesday that he was ready to go against Detroit.
Crede expected back on Tuesday
(5/9/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede was once again out of the lineup on Saturday against the Mariners with a sore left hamstring. The strain is only a minor one and Crede said he will be ready by Tuesday's series opener against Detroit.
Twins not taking chances with Crede
(5/9/2009) Minnesota third baseman Joe Crede was held out the Twins' 11-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night because of a sore left hamstring. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Crede started feeling pain in a loss at Baltimore on Thursday. Brian Buscher took Crede's place in the starting lineup on Friday night and hit his first homer of the season, but it wasn't immediately clear how long he would be there. "We'll take no chances here," Gardenhire said. "Whether it's a day, two or three, I don't know. But he's sore and we're not going to mess with it." Crede called it "just a minor strain" and said he didn't anticipate missing too much time. "I'm not real worried about it," he said. "It's just better to err on the safe side here than go out there and be too aggressive with it and possibly get it worse."
Crede gets two hits in return
(5/7/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede went 2-for-4 in his return from an illness on Thursday against the Orioles. The Twins went up 1-0 in the second when Crede doubled and scored on a single by Michael Cuddyer. Crede also had a single in the game.
Crede scratched with case of flu
(5/6/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede was scratched in Wednesday's game against the Orioles because of the flu. He took batting practice and was in the lineup but was removed shortly thereafter. He is questionable for the series finale on Thursday.
Crede back with Twins early
(5/2/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede has returned to the team earlier than expected following the birth of his son, Jace. Crede and his wife, Lisa, also have two young daughters. She delivered their first son on Friday in Missouri, and Crede missed Minnesota's game against Kansas City that night as a result. He was back on Saturday, though, and batting fifth.
Crede leaves for birth of child
(5/1/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede will be away from the team this weekend after the birth of his daughter. Brendan Harris was in the lineup in Crede's place for Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Crede was in Missouri with his wife and would miss a few days. The Twins next travel to Detroit for a game against the Tigers on Monday.
Twins' Crede pops another homer
(4/28/2009)Joe Crede hit a solo home run in the sixth for the Twins, but that was all they could muster in their first look at the 6-foot-9 right-hander Jeff Niemann.
Crede hits second homer of 2009
(4/25/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede hit his second homer of the season on Saturday against the Indians in a 7-1 victory. He went 2-for-5 in the game with two runs scored and an RBI. He increased his batting average on the season to .200 with the two-hit performance.
Crede raises average to .178
(4/24/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede had a single and RBI in three at-bats Friday against the Indians. With the bases loaded in the seventh, Crede could only muster up an infield single off Rafael Betancourt to score Denard Span. Crede, who also walked, raised his average to .178.
Crede hits game-winning RBI double
(4/14/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede went 2-for-5 on Tuesday against the Blue Jays in an extra-inning win. Crede doubled twice and drove in a run. He's hitting .194 on the season.
(4/12/2009) Twins 3B Crede will get a rest or serve as DH soon, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after Sunday's game. Crede missed most of the second half last season with back problems.
Crede off to inauspicious start
(4/9/2009) Twins 3B Joe Crede went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's game against Seattle, bouncing back for an 0-for-4 performance on Wednesday. He went 1-for-4 in three of the four games against Seattle.
Crede back to work on Thursday
(4/2/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede was back in action for the first time since Monday when he took a pitch off his knuckles. He went 1-for-3 in the game, elevating his poor batting average to .176 for the spring season.
Crede has swollen knuckles
(3/31/2009) Minnesota 3B Joe Crede sat out Tuesday's game against the Pirates with swollen right knuckles. Crede was hit by a pitch on Monday in the hand.
Crede finally goes off offensively
(3/16/2009)Joe Crede finally got into the swing of things with the Minnesota Twins. Stuck in a hitting slump since he joined the team last month, Crede went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI in Minnesota's 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. "Crede had a real good day swinging the bat," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. Crede hit a two-run homer off Mark Hendrickson in the third inning and raised his spring batting average to .185.
Crede makes first start for Twins
(3/4/2009) Twins new acquisition Joe Crede got his first start at third base Tuesday against Team Puerto Rico. He saw immediate action, diving unsuccessfully for a hard-hit ball sent his way, and went 1-for-2 with a two-run double in the fourth inning. "He feels good, and he looked good, too," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I saw a few good things. He's got to get his defensive work, too, just like everything else. I want to get him out there for multiple days." Crede is coming off a second back surgery in two years.
Crede makes Twins debut
(2/27/2009)Joe Crede, batting third as the designated hitter, went 0-for-2 with a walk in his Twins spring debut, a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday. Crede said he was just happy to get to the plate and face pitchers. "There's 30-some spring games, so no need to rush anything," Crede said. "As long as you're ready to go on opening day, you're going to be in good shape."
Crede begins with no restrictions
(2/23/2009) After spending his entire career with the White Sox and serving as their regular third baseman since the summer of 2002, Joe Crede officially joined the Twins on Sunday. Crede, coming off two back surgeries, the most recent in October, worked out in Arizona during the offseason. He flew to Minnesota for a "full-blown" physical with three different doctors, general manager Bill Smith said, and checked out all right. There are currently no restrictions on his workload. "We told him, 'If you feel like you need to back off for a second, back off,'" manager Ron Gardenhire said, "but he didn't back off anything. He stayed right with everything. He went out there relaxed. The whole package."
Twins sign 3B Crede Saturday
(2/21/2009) The Minnesota Twins finally made a big move. After sitting idle for more than four months following a season in which they lost to the White Sox in a one-game playoff for the AL Central title, the Twins agreed to terms with free-agent third baseman Joe Crede on a one-year deal on Saturday. Provided Crede's back holds up, he will fill a major need for the Twins as a power-hitting third baseman who also has a great glove. "We've been looking for a corner guy. You always look to upgrade, see if you can get an impact player," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I mean, we went into the spring looking for one and this is the guy. This is the guy that we talked about way, way back. This guy, if he's healthy, can do a lot of damage."
Twins, Crede not on same page
(2/18/2009) The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that free agent 3B Joe Crede and the Twins have yet to come to an agreement on salary.
Twins weigh third base options
(1/26/2009)Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris are set to share the Twins' 3B job unless an outsider comes in before spring. The Twins have been monitoring free agent Joe Crede, who went unsigned by the White Sox and has had back problems. But what about moving RF Michael Cuddyer back to his original position, as a dual solution to a crowded outfield and an unsettled hot corner? Manager Ron Gardenhire dismissed the chance of that happening. "None. Absolutely none," he said, adding slyly: "That's as of today."
(9/22/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: 3B Joe Crede rejoined the team in Kansas City before Sunday's game with the Royals, but he refused to meet with the media and discuss his visit to Dallas to get a second opinion on his ailing back problems. Manager Ozzie Guillen, however, was given the information and said it all. "I don't think Joe will be back this year," Guillen said. "He could be back but not be playing. That's my opinion. It's going to be hard for him to come back and do it. He said the doctor found out what happened. From what he told me, we can't count on him this season." According to a team spokesman, the inflammation that had been hampering Crede since late July is still in the back. The prognosis was for Crede to continue his rehabilitation program. Basically, it was no real change for the All-Star. That means Juan Uribe will be the starting third baseman for the remainder of the season.
Crede wants second opinion
(9/11/2008) Frustrated by his latest bout with a sore back that has left him sidelined during his team's push for the playoffs, Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede will seek a second opinion. Crede, who is eligible to be a free agent after this season, had back surgery last year but appeared to have bounced back with a decent first half in 2008. When his back flared up, he spent a month on the disabled list from July 25-Aug. 24 and most recently hasn't played since Sept. 2, when it acted up again. He received his second injection of the year last Friday to help with the pain. "It's still just a little sore and I'm taking it day to day, and you know we're going to get another opinion by a doctor and just kinda go from there," said Crede, who's not been able to do baseball drills recently. He'll see a specialist in Dallas, probably while the White Sox are on a pivotal road trip next week.
Crede feels better after injection
(9/9/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede, who had a second injection for his back Friday, was feeling a bit better Monday, trainer Herm Schneider said. Manager Ozzie Guillen said last week he didn't expect Crede to return this season.
Guillen think Crede's season over
(9/5/2008) White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he doesn't expect 3B Joe Crede to play again this season because of a bad back. Crede, 4-for-23 after coming off the disabled list last month, will go for a second opinion. "Joe is not going to be with us, and I don't expect him back in the season," Guillen said. "He was playing with a lot of pain. ... We could see the way he was moving. He couldn't take it anymore."
Crede's back to keep him from starts
(9/3/2008) White Sox third baseman Joe Crede was out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Cleveland because of a tight back, joining left fielder Carlos Quentin and center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. on the sidelines. Crede aggravated his back diving for a ground ball in the third inning Tuesday and left in the sixth. Crede played in only 47 games last season because of back surgery in June and missed over a month when the back stiffened this season. He returned Aug. 25, but admitted the stiffness has lingered. "If Joe can go out and perform, he's going to be my third baseman, but as a manager I have to prepare myself," Guillen said. "I cannot put him in the lineup one or two days and then he's out of the lineup." Crede is frustrated. "You want to be out there," he said. "The competitive nature in you always comes out. You want to try to play through it, but your mind says one thing and your body says another. You're always trying to fight through it."
Crede leaves with back tightness
(9/3/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede left in the sixth inning Tuesday against the Indians with tightness in his lower back. "We lost three guys in less than six hours," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Crede comes off DL for White Sox
(8/25/2008) The Chicago White Sox brought third baseman Joe Crede (back) off the 15-day DL and his Triple-A rehab assignment Monday. To make room on the roster, they placed outfielder Dewayne Wise on the 15-day DL with a strained left adductor muscle.
Crede resumes rehab assignment
(8/19/2008) All-Star third baseman Joe Crede will resume his injury rehab assignment with the Triple-A Knights in Charlotte on Tuesday against Indianapolis.
Guillen not thinking about Crede
(8/18/2008) There is no timetable on a possible return for White Sox 3B Joe Crede, who has been on the disabled list with an injured back since July 25th. "You know what, to be honest, I come to the ballpark I don't ask about Joe Crede," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I'm not going to say he's out of my mind, but he's out of my picture. That's the way I'm going about my job. I've got 25 problems, I don't need 26."
Crede could begin rehab stint this week
(8/13/2008) White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he expects injured 3B Joe Crede (back) to begin a much-delayed rehab stint this week.
Crede's rehab a bit of a mystery
(8/8/2008)The Sports Xchange notes that Joe Crede missed another rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday, and much as it was in 2007 when Crede had season-ending back surgery, updates from the third baseman seem hard to come by.
ChiSox send Crede for MRI
(8/5/2008) White Sox third baseman Joe Crede is still at least five days away from resuming baseball activities because of a sore back. Crede, who was returned from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte where he appeared in only one game before the back flared up, has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 25. He had back surgery last year and missed most of the season. "We sent him back for an MRI, CAT scan and he's all clean and good as far as that's concerned," general manager Ken Williams said Tuesday. "Just a little bit of pressing on the nerve right now. We've got to alleviate that before we can get him back out into rehab. On one hand there's a delay in the process, but the prognosis is good and we'll go from there."
Crede has setback on rehab stint
(8/4/2008) According to The Sports Xchange notes: 3B Joe Crede was pulled from his second rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte after experiencing back stiffness Saturday. This is his first real episode with the back he had surgically repaired last June, forcing him to miss the remainder of 2007. "I have (concerns) because we need him up here," Guillen said. "But in the meanwhile, I always worry more about what I have here. It's a setback for him, and it's not good for the ballclub. Not good for him, personally. Hopefully, in the next couple days, we have two days, (Monday) and Tuesday, to see how he feels. My problem is if we have him here and all of a sudden have to send him back on the DL to wait for a couple weeks to do it. Hopefully, that tightness and pain is just because he hasn't played for a little while, and then his back got stiff. Hopefully, that's the scenario. But we wait and see what happens."
(8/2/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede (back) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday. He batted cleanup and went 0-for-3.
Crede will rehab at Triple-A Friday
(8/1/2008) Chicago 3B Joe Crede will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.
White Sox place 3B Crede on DL
(7/25/2008) The Chicago White Sox put third baseman Joe Crede on the disabled list and replaced him with minor leaguer Josh Fields Friday. Crede was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 22, because of back inflammation. "I don't think it's going to be a quick thing, so that's why we made the decision," manager Ozzie Guillen said before Chicago opened a series against the Detroit Tigers. Crede played in 47 games last year before having season-ending back surgery in June, but said there is nothing structurally wrong with his back. "It's just inflamed," he said. "I'm going to take advantage of this time off to let it heal."
Crede doesn't play Wed. after all
(7/23/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede, who was expected to return from a back injury on Wednesday, did not participate in a 10-8 win over the Rangers.
Crede scratched Tuesday; to play Wed.
(7/23/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup with lower back stiffness and will play on Wednesday against the Rangers.
Crede comes out swinging after break
(7/21/2008)Jim Thome doubled in the seventh inning Sunday for his 2,000th career hit and Joe Crede hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost five times in seven games. Nick Swisher also hit a two-run homer for the White Sox.
Crede hits 416-foot homer
(7/9/2008)Joe Crede, the first White Sox third baseman named to the All-Star team in 16 years, hit a 416-foot home run in the sixth inning Tuesday against the Royals and finished 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Crede's 16th homer was his first since June 17 and he had just his second multi-hit game since June 18.
Crede gets a planned day off
(7/3/2008)The Sports Xchange notes that Joe Crede was not in the starting lineup Wednesday because manager Ozzie Guillen wanted to rest him. Crede did stress that his back was not a problem after it had acted up last week. "We've got to do it," Guillen said of the decision. "I've got to get Pablo (Ozuna) some playing time, he's always had good days against C.C. We'll try to find more days off for Joe Crede until the All-Star break comes up. We'll give him another day off before that. Hopefully he'll start the series against Oakland on the right foot. It's just prevention. He's coming off back surgery and I don't want him to have any setbacks. He's fine."
Crede strands eight in return to Sox
(6/26/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede, who missed the last two games against the Dodgers with back troubles, was back in the starting lineup Thursday in Chicago's 2-0 win. Crede didn't do so well, however, finishing 0-for-4 and leaving eight White Sox runners stranded on base.
Crede says his back feels fine
(6/26/2008) The Chicago Tribune reports that Joe Crede said his lower back feels fine and that he should be available for pinch-hitting duty Wednesday night and return to the White Sox's lineup on Thursday.
Crede held out Wednesday vs. L.A.
(6/26/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede missed his second straight game Wednesday against the Dodgers because of back stiffness. Crede, who is just 2-for-15 in his previous four games, remains questionable for Thursday's series finale.
Crede a late scratch Tuesday
(6/25/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede was a late scratch Tuesday against the Dodgers because of stiffness in his lower back. Crede is just 2-for-15 in his previous four games.
Crede reaches 15 homers
(6/18/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede went 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored Tuesday in a 16-5 win over the Pirates. The homer was his 15th of the season.
Crede misses chance to play hero
(6/15/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede could've played the hero Sunday against the Rockies. With his team down 5-3 with two outs in the ninth, Crede stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. He connected on a 0-1 pitch from Brian Fuentes, but all he did was pop out to left field to end the game. He finished 2-for-5 with one run.
(6/7/2008)Joe Crede hit two homers for the second straight game and had six RBI Saturday night to lead the surging Chicago White Sox to an 11-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Crede, who went 4-for-4 with two solo drives Friday night after missing a game with a sore wrist, had a pair of three-run homers as the White Sox moved 4.5 games ahead of the second-place Twins in the AL Central. Crede connected in the second inning Saturday night against Livan Hernandez to make it 4-0. He hit another three-run shot off the left-field foul pole in the eighth off Boof Bonser, his 14th of the season.
Crede hits two homers despite wrist
(6/7/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede, who's been battling a bruised right wrist, looked pretty healthy with two homers in a 4-for-4 night Friday against the Twins. "I definitely felt it out there, but it was to the point where I told (manager Ozzie Guillen) I'd be able to manage the pain," said Crede, who missed Thursday's game with the injury. He scored three runs in the game.
Crede hopes to play Friday
(6/6/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede sat out Thursday against the Royals with a bruised right wrist. He left Wednesday's game after getting hit by a grounder. X-rays were negative, and Crede said he thought he could play Friday against the Twins.
Crede homers, leaves with injury
(6/5/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede left Wednesday's game against the Royals after the 12th inning with a bruised right wrist. He made a nice stop in the top of the inning on a hard grounder by David DeJesus. Crede was 2-for-3 with his 10th homer and 11th double before leaving the game. He also walked twice and had two RBI.
Crede ejected from Tuesday's game
(5/20/2008) 3B Joe Crede was ejected for the third time in his career after arguing balls and strikes during the fourth inning of the White Sox's game against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Crede had words with plate umpire Wally Bell after being called out on strikes in the second inning. And he got tossed after Bell called him out on a pitch that might have been low and outside in the fourth. Crede flipped his bat as he started to walk away. The bat hit the ground, Crede picked it up and held his arms out. Bell then threw him out -- his first ejection since April 15, 2007 at Cleveland. Pablo Ozuna replaced Crede at third base.
Crede connects for eighth home run
(5/18/2008) White Sox 3B Crede hit his eighth home run Sunday at San Francisco -- a solo shot in the fifth inning. He also had a sacrifice fly, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Crede knocks in a pair
(5/13/2008) Third baseman Joe Crede had a pair of RBI singles against the Angels Monday.
Crede bounces back from migraine
(5/7/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede returned to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Twins after missing one game with a migraine. Crede had two hits, including his sixth double, and one RBI in four at-bats. Crede came into the game mired in a 1-for-12 slump.
Crede scratched with migraine
(5/5/2008) White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, scheduled to bat seventh Monday against the Blue Jays, was scratched from the lineup with a migraine and replaced by Pablo Ozuna.
Joe Crede to skip planned rest
(5/3/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that Joe Crede was expected to get a few days off on the current road trip to rest his back, especially playing on the turf fields in Minnesota and now Toronto, but manager Ozzie Guillen said that they may now need Crede's bat for the three remaining games.
(4/25/2008)Joe Crede's cool approach helped the Chicago White Sox end a long night with a victory and hand New York Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain his first major league defeat. Crede lined an RBI single to center to score Carlos Quentin in the bottom of the ninth as Chicago beat New York 7-6 and avoided a three-game sweep. "I think the biggest thing is to be able to control your emotions out there. The crowd is getting into it, especially when there is a guy on base in scoring position, and you have a chance for the base hit to win it," Crede said after his hit set off a wild celebration at U.S. Cellular Field.
Crede remains consistent at plate
(4/23/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede continued to show off his surgically repaired back with another two-hit game Monday against the Yankees. He finished 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and is batting .299 this season. He's also batting .333 (5-for-15) over his last four games.
Playing in dome, Crede gets day off
(4/18/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede was rested Friday at Tampa Bay. Manager Ozzie Guillen might give several players a day off during the three-game series on artifical turf. Crede had homered in his last game and has five this season.
Crede says time off really helped
(4/17/2008)The Sports Xchange reports that White Sox 3B Joe Crede says his hot start isn't so much down to the fact he's a free agent in the fall but more that he feels fresh. "I think that's more coincidence than anything," Crede said of the pending free agency. "I mean, I was off nine months, so right there you come into this feeling your body is that much fresher. Mentally, too. You just feel fresher with that type of layoff. That makes the concentration even higher, even better. The focus seems better. You realize that this game is a grind, so when you get a day off, it's a big deal. I had nine months off. Not only to get healthy and feel as good as I do, but to miss the game. You miss that competitiveness from playing every day."
Crede continues to grandstand
(4/13/2008) For the second time this season, Joe Crede hit a grand slam Sunday against Detroit. It came in the fifth inning against Tigers reliever Zach Miner gave him a home run in three of his last five games.
Crede slams White Sox to win
(4/7/2008) The White Sox couldn't find a taker for Joe Crede in the offseason. Now, he's looking like a keeper. Crede hit a tiebreaking grand slam to cap a five-run seventh inning, and the Chicago White Sox won their home opener 7-4 Monday over the Minnesota Twins to extend their winning streak to five. Crede drove a 1-0 pitch to the bullpen in left for the fifth slam, his first since June 24, 2006, against Houston. It was his second home run in seven games this season.
Crede puts together a four-hit day
(4/7/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede had a four-hit day Sunday at Detroit, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored. After an awful spring in which he hit only .172, he has now hit safely in five of the first six games.
Crede provides difference in 2-1 win
(4/3/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede hit a solo home run in Thursday afternoon's win at Cleveland, giving the team a 2-1 win with his shot to lead off the seventh. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout and had a hit in all three games against the Indians.
Crede returns to diamond Monday
(3/31/2008) 3B Joe Crede made his much awaited return to the White Sox lineup Monday during the season opener against the Indians. Crede, who missed most of last season after undergoing back surgery, won the starting job this spring over Jose Fields, who was optioned to the minors. Crede had a double off Rafael Betancourt Monday, but it was his lone hit in four at-bats. He struck out once and left four men on base.
Crede back healthy for the opener
(3/30/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede, who sat out Friday with a bruised left ankle sustained when he fouled a ball off of it, returned to the lineup Saturday at the Mets. He went 0-for-2 and is hitting .172.
Crede should play Saturday
(3/29/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede sat out with a bruised left ankle sustained when he fouled a ball off of it. Manager Ozzie Guillen hoped to get Crede an at-bat Saturday against the New York Mets and have him in the Opening Day lineup.
Crede should be fine for opener
(3/28/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede missed an exhibition game against the Rangers on Friday night because of a bruised left ankle. Crede said he hoped to recover in time for the season opener. The third baseman injured the ankle on Thursday, when he fouled a ball off his foot against the Diamondbacks. X-rays taken after the game showed no damage. "It's still a little swollen, but it's kind of day-to-day right now. I feel good about where we're at right now with the injury, but I'm not real worried about it," Crede said. "It's nothing out of the ordinary."
Crede fouls pitch off ankle
(3/27/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede was named the team's starting third baseman Tuesday, but after Thursday's spring game against the Diamondbacks, he might not make it to opening day. Crede, who won the job over Josh Fields, left the game in the fifth inning after fouling a pitch off his left ankle. He went for X-rays after icing down his ankle. "I was really concerned about Joe," manager Ozzie Guillen said after the game. "I don't have the final report yet, but he got hit pretty good. Joe is a tough guy. I wouldn't have finished that at-bat. I would have left right away."
White Sox to start 3B Crede
(3/25/2008)Joe Crede was given the starting third baseman job for the Chicago White Sox over Josh Fields on Tuesday. The team announced before Chicago's game against the Colorado Rockies that Fields, who hit 23 home runs as a rookie last season, will start the season at Triple-A Charlotte. White Sox GM Kenny Williams said he tried to make room for Fields on the 25-man roster this spring. He had discussions with two teams about Crede -- a free agent-to-be at the end of the year. Neither team made a fair offer for Crede, keeping him on the South Side for now. "With Joe, we're in a situation that we have the opportunity to put a guy out there that has shown, particularly in the late innings, that he can be a force," Williams said.
Crede vs. Fields battle wages on
(3/19/2008)Joe Crede is feeling better now after season-ending surgery last June, but the third baseman's future is up in the air. Crede has one year left on his contract, and the White Sox have a promising replacement in Josh Fields. "I'd obviously want to stay here," Crede said. "This is the organization that gave me the opportunity to realize my childhood dreams. This is a great organization, with great coaches, great players. I love the fans of Chicago. It's a great city, and it's hard to beat a place like this." It is no secret the White Sox would like to trade him and clear the way for Fields, who moved up from the minors while Crede was sidelined and finished with 23 homers and 67 RBI last year. So far, they haven't found an acceptable offer. They don't want to carry two 3Bs, and Fields isn't going back to LF. He could wind up in the minors. "It would be tough, coming up at the end of last season and feeling like I proved I can play in the major leagues," Fields said.
Giants, Sox apart in Crede talks
(3/15/2008) According to the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox and Giants continue to discuss a deal for 3B Joe Crede, but the two sides remain far apart on specifics.
Joe Crede swats a homer Saturday
(3/1/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede, making only his second appearance after back surgery, hit a solo home run in three at-bats Saturday at the Diamondbacks.
Crede sees some Cactus League time
(2/28/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede played during Thursday's spring game against the Rockies for the first time since June 4, when he was sidelined by a bad back that required surgery. Crede went hitless in two at-bats and drew a walk. He scored once, struck out one and left five runners on base.
Crede plays in intrasquad game
(2/27/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede (back) did not play during Wednesday's spring opener against the Rockies, but looked sharp defensively during Tuesday's intrasquad game, according to The Chicago Tribune. Tuesday was his first game action since undergoing season-ending back surgery in June. "If you go out there second-guessing yourself, that's when you get hurt," Crede said. Crede went 0-for-2 at the plate and even struck out once.
Crede ready to begin spring play
(2/23/2008) White Sox 3B Joe Crede expects to be available for the spring training opener Wednesday against Colorado despite a sore hand. Crede took batting practice Saturday for the first time since he was hit on the left hand Thursday by a pitch from teammate Mike MacDougal. The hand swelled up considerably, but Crede said X-rays were negative. Crede is competing with Josh Fields for the starting third base job.
Crede has puffy hand
(2/22/2008) The Chicago Tribune reports that Joe Crede showed up to camp with a noticeably puffy left hand, but it wasn't wrapped, as he participated in the White Sox's stretching drills.
Crede hit on hand, but is fine
(2/21/2008) 3B Joe Crede, coming off back surgery and trying to win his job back from Josh Fields, was hit on the hand in "live" batting practice by Mike MacDougal. He was not seriously injured and is expected to take part in drills Friday.
Crede reports healthy on Saturday
(2/16/2008) The pain has subsided and that's the best part for Joe Crede. He's able to get back on the field, run and swing a bat, eight months after a bad back and subsequent surgery limited him to 47 games last season. But as he reported to spring training Saturday, he did so knowing the third base job isn't necessarily his anymore. The White Sox want to make sure he's healthy and if he is, there's the possibility of a trade. Crede can be a free agent after this season, and the White Sox have a promising player at the same position in Josh Fields, who came up from the minors last year while Crede was sidelined and hit 23 homers
Giants have deal to net Crede?
(2/6/2008)The Sports Xchange reports 3B Joe Crede was not in attendance for the club's annual SoxFest on Jan. 25, and the whispers around the organization still seem to point to the idea that if the third baseman shows up to camp and the back looks strong he will be gone by the middle of Cactus League play. The top suitor remains San Francisco, which might even have a deal in place with the Sox, contingent on Crede's recovery. A big reason why? Aaron Rowand. While talking to GM Ken Williams in his first free agent discussion with the club this offseason, the second question out of Rowand's mouth -- right after "That's all the years you can give me?" -- was about the future of his good friend Crede.
White Sox, Crede avoid arbitration
(1/18/2008) White Sox third baseman Joe Crede agreed Thursday to a one-year, $5.1 million contract that allows him to earn an additional $300,000 in performance bonuses. Crede, who played only 47 games last season before back surgery, was Chicago's last remaining arbitration-eligible player. He batted .216 with four homers and 22 RBI last season. Crede was a standout defensively and provided clutch hitting for the White Sox in 2005, when they won the World Series. As of now, the White Sox have two third basemen. Josh Fields was called up last season and batted .244 with 23 homers and 67 RBI in 100 games. His bonuses under the new deal include $50,000 each for reaching 400, 425, 450, 475, 500 and 525 plate appearances.
(1/17/2008)The Sports Xchange reports White Sox GM Ken Williams was hoping to have the third base mess all cleared up by the end of the winter meetings, but when trade talks with Florida for Miguel Cabrera fell off the table and into the laps of the Detroit Tigers, Williams was back to square one. That means the Sox still have to make a decision on sticking with Joe Crede, fresh off season-ending back surgery in 2007 and a free agent after this season, or trading Crede and turning toward the future with Josh Fields. Crede is arbitration-eligible and figures to sign his usual one-year contract that has become the song and dance between the Sox and Crede's agent, Scott Boras. Williams can then trade Crede or decide to keep him for the final season before losing him to free agency.
Crede for Damon talks reported
(11/6/2007) The White Sox and Yankees are reportedly discussing a deal that would send Johnny Damon to the White Sox for Joe Crede. The Yankees have Melky Cabrera capable of playing center field, while the White Sox have Josh Fields ready for a full-time role.
Crede comes off DL
(10/26/2007) The Chicago White Sox reinstated third baseman Joe Crede from the 60-day disabled list Friday after he missed most of the season with a back injury. Coming off a career year in 2006, Crede batted .216 with four home runs and 22 RBI in 47 games this season.
Crede in second phase of rehab
(9/18/2007) 3B Joe Crede, who had back surgery on June 12, joined the team in the clubhouse Monday, driving over from Westphalia, Mo. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but obviously I'm getting there," Crede said. "I'm in the second phase of my rehab. I should be hitting at the end of October or early November."
Crede slowly recovering
(7/24/2007) 3B Joe Crede was in the White Sox clubhouse before Monday's game. Crede is recovering from lower back surgery. "I don't think they want (me) to come back this year. There is a chance of reinjuring or reherniating the disk is pretty high. We've just been doing a lot of minimal rotational stuff and just trying to take it easy. Everything feels great. I can definitely tell the difference already and the only thing right now there is a lot of stiffness right there," Crede said.
ChiSox's Crede moved to 60-day DL
(7/17/2007) The White Sox optioned RHP Nick Masset to Triple-A Charlotte, purchased the contract of RHP Ehren Wassermann from Triple-A Charlotte and transferred 3B Joe Crede from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.
Crede set for rehab
(7/16/2007)The Sports Xchange notes: 3B Joe Crede (back surgery) is close to beginning his rehabilitation and will be in Phoenix early this week for a three-day course on his rehab then head to Missouri to continue his work.
Surgery KOs Crede for season?
(6/12/2007) White Sox third baseman Joe Crede had back surgery Tuesday and could miss the rest of the season. He was placed on the 15-day DL because of lower back inflammation last Wednesday. Team spokesman Pat O'Connell said Crede will miss at least two months and possible the rest of the year. Dr. Robert Watkins operated on Crede in Los Angeles. Rookie Josh Fields has replaced Crede as the regular third baseman.
Crede to have back surgery
(6/12/2007) Chicago 3B Joe Crede was examined by specialists so they could get a look at his inflamed lower back and MLB.com reports he will have surgery that will sideline him at least a couple of months. Prospect Josh Fields will get a long look at third base.
Crede won't travel with team
(6/11/2007) 3B Joe Crede will not be traveling with the Sox at the start of this week's road trip to Philadelphia, with the third baseman heading to California to get a second look at his back.
Crede still awaiting results
(6/9/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede, on the disabled list with back inflammation, said Friday he's still waiting to hear from specialists so he can determine a course of action. He's already met with a back specialist in Chicago and plans to see others from Los Angeles and Texas. Season-ending surgery is one of the options. "I still feel it. We want to make a decision here," Crede said. "The sooner, the better."
Crede could need surgery
(6/7/2007) 3B Joe Crede faces the possibility of back surgery that could jeopardize his 2007 season and possibly his White Sox career, according to the Chicago Tribune. Crede will seek opinions from renowned specialists Andrew Dossett of Dallas and Robert Watkins of Los Angeles after visiting Wednesday with Frank Phillips of Rush University Medical Center. An MRI confirmed two herniated discs as well as fluid that is irritating the sciatic nerves. Another option, more serious, would require a small incision in which fluid is sucked out of the area and would require at least a month to heal before a rehabilitation program that could take another month, Crede said. The third optiondisc surgerycould mean he would be lost for the rest of the season.
Crede lands on 15-day DL
(6/6/2007) The White Sox placed 3B Joe Crede on the 15-day DL Wednesday with chronic back problems. The move is retroactive to June 5. "I said, 'I want to give you a couple of days to see how you feel,' and hopefully he feels better," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told MLB.com.
Crede back out of the lineup
(6/5/2007) Joe Crede was out of the lineup on Tuesday against the Yankees due to tightness in his back once again. Manager Ozzie Guillen said that a stint on the 15-day disabled list might be possible. "I'd rather lose him for 15 days than lose him for three, four or five months," Guillen said. "I talked to him and I told him, 'You have to think about your life after the game."'
Crede moved to the nine hole
(6/5/2007) Looking to spark a slumping offense, manager Ozzie Guillen shook up the batting order on Monday against the Yankees. Paul Konerko, who is batting .218 with seven homers and 26 RBIs, was moved to the sixth spot and Joe Crede, hitting .221 with four home runs and 21 RBIs, batted ninth. "I want to take the pressure away from them," Guillen said.
Joe Crede gets some rest
(6/2/2007) 3B Joe Crede was out of the starting lineup on Friday, as manager Ozzie Guillen wanted the third baseman to have a bit of a rest for his back, especially with a day game on Saturday after a night game.
Crede returns to lineup Friday
(5/25/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede was glad to be back in the lineup Friday against the Devil Rays after missing three games with a sore back. "The most important thing is being healthy, and it is great to be back out there," he said.
Crede's injury opens door?
(5/24/2007) 3B Josh Fields, the White Sox's top prospect in Triple-A Charlotte, has picked a great time to get hot. With Joe Crede on the shelf to start the week with back problems, the Sox are still waiting for Crede to give the thumbs-up on his health. If he can't go by this weekend, Fields could get the call-up, with Crede going on the disabled list.
Crede misses third straight game
(11:46 pm ET) White Sox 3B Joe Crede (back) did not return to the team's lineup Wednesday against the A's. He has now missed three consecutive games and the team is talking about a possible stint on the DL.
Crede might be headed for DL
(3:46 am ET) 3B Joe Crede missed his second consecutive game on Tuesday against the Athletics with lower back inflammation and received a cortisone shot Sunday. He's unsure when he'll be back and isn't sure if the 15-day disabled list might be an option. Crede and White Sox general manager Ken Williams will discuss if the DL is a possibility if the back doesn't get better. "That's for Kenny and us to decide. You can't be on the active roster and not be participating out there and not be available on the bench. It's something we will take care of really quickly and hopefully sooner than later," Crede said.
3B Crede out again on Tuesday
(5/22/2007) Joe Crede (back) and Juan Uribe (personal) are each out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Athletics. Alex Cintron is filling in at shortstop, while Pablo Ozuna is manning the hot corner.
Crede considers offseason surgery
(5/22/2007) According to the Daily Southtown, White Sox 3B Joe Crede is again considering offseason surgery to correct his back problems. The White Sox third baseman has had a pair of herniated discs in his back the last two years and chose to rehab instead of undergoing surgery last offseason. However, he had to be pulled after three innings of Sunday's game against the Cubs because the pain got so intense, was not in the starting lineup Monday and is day to day -- once again prompting talk of offseason surgery for the arbitration-eligible third baseman. Crede, 29, received a cortisone shot Sunday and underwent treatment Monday, but did not perform any baseball-related activities before the Sox-Oakland game.
Crede unable to play Monday
(5/21/2007) 3B Joe Crede, who left Sunday's game against the Cubs with tightness in his lower back, wasn't in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Oakland. Crede did not take batting practice Monday and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Crede headed for the DL?
(5/21/2007) 3B Joe Crede left after three innings of Sunday's win with tightness in his back and received a cortisone shot. Crede has experienced back problems over his career but said that the most recent episode is the worst to date. "It hasn't been to this extreme," he said. "With the medication and the cortisone (shots), I think it will really calm down." Crede was 1-for-1 and is batting just .215.
Crede leaves Sunday's game early
(5/20/2007) Joe Crede left Sunday's game at the Cubs after three innings with tightness in his lower back.
(5/19/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede was able to play Saturday at the Cubs a day after missing Friday's game after being hit in the face with a ground ball during batting practice. He finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
Joe Crede hit in face during BP
(5/18/2007) Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede was scratched from Friday's game against the crosstown rival Cubs after being hit in the face with a ground ball during batting practice.
Crede smacks homer in loss
(5/9/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede went 2-for-4 Tuesday at Minnesota with a homer and two RBI. He has four hits in his last three games with three RBI.
Crede gets some clutch hits
(5/8/2007) 3B Joe Crede was 1-of-11 entering the weekend series with the Angels. He singled in the Saturday win and then followed the single up with a key double in Sunday's win. The Sox need Crede, and he's now hoping that he's finally showing up. "It's something where you just feel like you need to start somewhere, and if it's starting small that's fine," Crede said. "You just build on it. That's what I'm doing. I think my swing is a little long right now. It's just a little inconsistent. I need to shorten it up and put better swings on it. I'm close."
Crede tries to end slump
(5/8/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede had been 1-for-11 before a bloop single in the Sox' 6-3 victory against the Angels on Saturday. He followed that up with a key double in the 4-3 come-from-behind win Sunday. The Sox need Crede, and he's hoping that he's finally starting to show up. "You need to start somewhere, and if it's starting small, that's fine," Crede said in the Chicago Sun-Times. "You just build on it. That's what I'm doing. My swing is a little long right now. It's just a little inconsistent. I need to shorten it up and put better swings on it. I'm close."
Crede hits 15th Comerica homer
(4/23/2007) 3B Joe Crede's two-run homer Sunday was his 15th at Comerica Park, tying him for the most by a visitor in the ballpark that opened in 2000.
Crede ejected Sunday
(4/16/2007) 3B Joe Crede continued his struggles, going 0-for-3 with two errors, before getting tossed in the sixth inning at Cleveland Sunday when he argued a called third strike. Crede is 9-for-41 (.220) this season but has only two RBI and no extra-base hits.
Joe Crede off to decent start
(4/9/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede has had at least a hit in four of the five games he's played in this season. He is 5-for-18 (.278) with two RBI.
Joe Crede goes 1-for-3
(4/2/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede went 1-for-3 Monday vs. Cleveland. He was ultimately replaced by Alex Cintron once the game got out of hand.
Crede doubles twice Sunday
(3/18/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede went 2-for-3 with one run, two doubles and two RBI during Sunday's spring game against the Padres. Crede is now 16-for-36 (.444) with eight runs, five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in 12 spring games.
Crede's back pain not an issue
(3/10/2007) White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, who suffered from back pain last season, banged out three more hits in a 10-6 split-squad victory over Oakland on Saturday. The 28-year-old, who decided against surgery during the off-season and instead opted for rehab on two herniated discs, is batting .522 with 12 hits in 23 at bats in eight games. "With the program we instilled this off-season it is a little stricter than we had last year," Crede said. "It seems to be paying off. I have not had any spells down here yet, and I don't anticipate there being any during the season. I think it is due to the back program."
Crede homers against Rockies
(3/1/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI in his team's spring opener against the Rockies Thursday.
Crede says back to be healthier
(2/21/2007) Joe Crede insists he's under no restrictions at spring training after deciding to undergo an extensive back rehab program instead of having surgery. The White Sox third baseman, bothered by two herniated disks for part of last season, will work out in the weight room for 30 to 45 minutes a day to prevent back issues from becoming a continual problem. "I am ready to go. There is nothing going to hold me back. I am not going to take it easy on anything," Crede said. "I feel good where we are at. We put in a different program than what we had last year. It is more strict and it concentrates more on the muscles that surround the back. I don't anticipate there will be as many problems as there were last year."
Crede could be rested this spring
(2/18/2007) White Sox 3B Joe Crede (two herniated disks) underwent a back-strengthening program this winter and is not expected to miss any time, but he could be watched and rested this spring.
White Sox, Crede avoids arbitration
(1/16/2007) Third baseman Joe Crede and the White Sox agreed Tuesday to a $4.94 million, one-year contract and avoided arbitration. The 28-year-old batted .283 last season with 30 home runs, 94 RBI and had a .978 fielding percentage in 150 games. "We certainly have a track record of trying to lock up core guys prior to reaching free agency -- the key thing being that we have Joe under control through the 2008 season, so it's not an immediate concern to address," assistant GM Rick Hahn said. "We had to, prior to today's deadline, get the one-year deal in place. And as for anything in the future, we'll consider exploring anything that makes sense for both sides."
Crede, White Sox avoid arbitration
(1/16/2007) Third baseman Joe Crede and the White Sox agreed Tuesday to a $4.94 million, one-year contract and avoided arbitration. The 28-year-old batted .283 last season with 30 home runs, 94 RBI and a .978 fielding percentage in 150 games. Crede's .970 fielding percentage over the past four seasons ranks second among AL third basemen behind Eric Chavez (.973), and his 92 home runs in that time are fourth behind Alex Rodriguez (118), Chavez (106) and Hank Blalock (99).
Crede with White Sox in short term
(12/2/2006) GM Kevin Williams reiterated what he said earlier this week: It is unlikely the White Sox will give third baseman Joe Crede a multi-year extension because of the market. Crede, who is arbitration eligible and has also been the subject of trade speculation, can't be a free agent until after the 2008 season. He hit 31 homers with 94 RBI last season and was a standout defensively while playing with a sore back. He was also a postseason star in 2005. "I do not see a multi-year deal on the horizon for Joe Crede because of circumstances -- market place combined with our circumstances, other landscape issues," Williams said.
MLB's Silver Sluggers announced
(11/10/2006) Boston LF Manny Ramirez won his ninth Silver Slugger on Friday, while Yankees SS Derek Jeter and Mets CF Carlos Beltran were among 13 first-time winners. Yankees 2B Robinson Cano and Mets SS Jose Reyes also earned the honor for the first time. Angels RF Vladimir Guerrero won for the sixth time and Boston DH David Ortiz earned his third, all in a row. First-time winners in the AL included Minnesota 1B Justin Morneau and C Joe Mauer, and White Sox 3B Joe Crede and RF Jermaine Dye. Washington LF Alfonso Soriano won his first NL Silver Slugger after winning three at second base in the AL. Florida's Miguel Cabrera won at third base after earning the honor as a left fielder last year. NL first-time winners included Philadelphia 1B Ryan Howard and 2B Chase Utley, Colorado LF Matt Holliday, Atlanta C Brian McCann and Cubs SP Carlos Zambrano.
White Sox ain't no small-ballers
(9/25/2006) With Jermaine Dye (43), Jim Thome (42), Paul Konerko (35) and Joe Crede (30), the White Sox have four players with 30 or more homers for the first time.
Joe Crede back in action
(9/10/2006) Joe Crede (back) returned to action on Sunday against Cleveland and went 0-for-3.
Crede still sidelined
(9/9/2006) Joe Crede (back) was not in the starting lineup on Saturday against Cleveland.
Crede still sidelined
(9/9/2006) Rob Mackowiak made his second start of the season at third base as Joe Crede sat out his second straight game with a sore back.
Crede not in lineup
(9/8/2006) Chicago White Sox 3B Joe Crede (back) was not in starting lineup Friday vs. Cleveland Indians.
Joe Crede has sore back
(9/7/2006) Joe Crede was out of the lineup Thursday night with a sore back. Crede played last season with two herniated discs. Manager Ozzie Guillen says every 15 to 20 days Crede needs time to rest the back. He was undergoing treatment and also scheduled to visit a doctor. "I don't think it's a big deal," Guillen said, adding that Crede might also sit Friday night and try to return for the third game of a series with Cleveland on Saturday.
Crede reaches 500 at-bats mark
(9/3/2006) 3B Joe Crede has exceeded 500 plate appearances to earn a $60,000 incentive bonus.
(8/30/2006) Joe Crede tied a career-high with four hits in Tuesday's game against the Devil Rays. He also drove in two runs to help the White Sox move one-half game ahead of the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild-card race.
Crede leaves ballpark – twice
(8/24/2006) Joe Crede went 3-for-5 with two homers, two runs and two RBI on Wednesday at Detroit.
Joe Crede is cold like hockey
(8/19/2006) Chicago 3B Joe Crede went 0-for-4 Friday and is hitless in his last 16 at-bats.
Crede stays hot against Royals
(8/15/2006) Joe Crede was 1-for-3 with a double (26) and three RBI (80) in Monday's game against Kansas City.
Crede hits three-run shot Wed.
(8/10/2006) Tadahito Iguchi hit his 13th homer of the season Wednesday, while Joe Crede added a three-run shot.
Joe Crede back in action
(8/7/2006) Joe Crede (back) returned to the starting lineup on Monday against the Angels.
Crede should play this week
(8/7/2006) 3B Joe Crede missed the start Sunday after he felt his lower back flare up midway through Saturday's game with the Blue Jays. When the Sox took the field for the bottom of the fourth in that contest, Crede was pulled by manager Ozzie Guillen. "I saw him grab his back, so I took him out," Guillen said. "Playing on (artificial turf) isn't the best."
3B Crede expected back Monday
(8/6/2006) 3B Joe Crede missed the game with a stiff back but his injury is not considered serious and he's expected to return for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
Crede out for Sunday's tilt
(8/6/2006) Joe Crede left the game in the fourth with back stiffness. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he won't play Sunday. He's day-to-day. "I took him out when I saw him grab his back," Guillen said. "I'll make sure he's ready to play when we get home. It's nothing big. It's not a big deal. I just don't want to take a chance with him."
Crede has back stiffness
(8/5/2006) Chicago 3B Joe Crede left Saturday's game at Toronto in the fourth with back stiffness. He is hitting .299 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI.
Crede leaves game early
(8/5/2006) Pablo Ozuna came in to play third base in the third inning for Joe Crede at Toronto Saturday.
White Sox sluggers setting pace
(8/5/2006) The White Sox are the only team in baseball to feature four players with 70 or more RBI. Thome, Jermaine Dye, Konerko and Joe Crede are all on pace to finish with more than 100.
Crede continues to swing hot bat
(8/2/2006) Joe Crede was 4-for-5 with two doubles (22) and a home run (23) and two RBI (73) in Tuesday's game at Kansas City, as he continues to swing a hot bat. "I don't know what it is, whether it is family or friends," Crede said. "I like the hitting background here. I see better here than most ballparks where you always have the scoreboard or something else out in center field. If I knew what it was, I'd take it to every ballpark."
Crede continues to hit well
(8/1/2006) Joe Crede was 2-for-4 with a home run (22) and two RBI (71) in Monday's game at Kansas City, as he continues to swing a hot bat.
Crede in Sox lineup Sunday
(7/16/2006) Joe Crede (calf) was in the lineup Sunday vs. the N.Y. Yankees after missing Saturday's game.
Joe Crede sits out Saturday
(7/15/2006) White Sox 3B Joe Crede sat out Saturday's game at the N.Y. Yankees with a bruised right calf after he was hit by a pitch from Randy Johnson on Friday night. He is day to day.
Crede removed from Friday's game
(7/15/2006) Joe Crede was hit on the calf by a pitch (Randy Johnson) in the top of the seventh inning at N.Y. Yankees and he was removed in the eighth inning in favor of Scott Podsednik.
Joe Crede's shoulder is OK
(7/5/2006) Joe Crede was in the lineup Wednesday after being forced out in the fourth inning a day earlier after Rodrigo Lopez hit him with a pitch in the forearm. "It's just bruised," Crede said. "It hit a nerve yesteday and I was just having a little trouble moving it yesterday. But everything's OK today."
Crede hit by a pitch, leaves
(7/5/2006) Joe Crede left Tuesday's game in the third inning against the Orioles after being hit a by a pitch in the shoulder.
Crede has pinch-hit home run
(7/2/2006) Joe Crede did not start Sunday's interleague series finale at Chicago Cubs, but he did make an impact. He came in with an .056 (1-for-18) average against starter Carlos Zambrano, so manager Ozzie Guillen gave Alex Cintron the start at third base in his absence.
Joe Crede leaves five on base
(6/30/2006) Joe Crede went 1-for-4 with a run on Friday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He left five runners on base.
Crede slams Astros Saturday
(6/24/2006) Joe Crede Saturday's game against Houston with a seventh-inning grand slam.
Joe Crede has a huge evening
(6/21/2006) Crede was 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs, four runs scored and three RBI in Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. The White Sox posted 24 hits in the 20-6 spanking of the Cards.
Joe Crede hits grand slam
(6/16/2006) Joe Crede's first-inning grand slam got Chicago's high-powered offense rolling, and the White Sox extended their interleague domination of the Cincinnati Reds with a 12-4 victory Friday night. Crede also had a double and a single in the game.
Crede's back feels better
(6/12/2006) 3B Joe Crede was back in the lineup on Sunday night after missing Friday's and Saturday's games with back spasms. Crede left Thursday's game against the Tigers in the second inning when he first started feeling pain. "We had the epidural the other day (Friday) and that calmed things down and made it feel a little better," Crede said.
(6/12/2006) Joe Crede (back) returned to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians. He was hitless in three at-bats.
Crede sits out Saturday
(6/10/2006) White Sox 3B Joe Crede was out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Saturday while recovering from back spasms. He said he received an epidural Friday. Crede had to leave Thursday's game against the Tigers when he hurt his back on a swing. "It's not as bad as last year. ... It's just a spasm. Deal with it and move on," said Crede, who played the final three months last season with two herniated discs in his back.
3B Crede resting back spasms
(6/10/2006) With 3B Joe Crede day-to-day after leaving Thursday's game against Detroit with back spasms, the White Sox shuffled their lineup. Pablo Ozuna batted second and started at third, with 2B Tadahito Iguchi dropping from second to seventh to provide some power near the bottom of the order. "Crede's fine; I told him to get off the field for one day," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Crede leaves game with sore back
(6/8/2006) Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede left Thursday night's game against the Detroit Tigers after three innings with irritation in his lower back. Crede singled in the second inning and slid hard into second base on Alex Cintron's infield single, but it wasn't immediately known if that's how he hurt his back. With Crede out, Cintron moved to third base and Juan Uribe came in to play short in the top of the fourth.
Joe Crede records two hits
(5/31/2006) Joe Crede went 2-for-4 in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He raised his batting average for the season to an impressive .309 overall.
Crede returns to starting lineup
(5/19/2006) Joe Crede was back in the starting lineup on Thursday after getting a day off on Wednesday. He went 0-for-4, lowering his batting average to .307 on the season.
Crede should start Thursday
(5/18/2006) 3B Joe Crede was given Wednesday's game off, with Pablo Ozuna getting the start. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen just wanted to give Crede a rest because of the way he's been diving all over the place on defense.
Crede sits on Wednesday
(5/18/2006) Manager Ozzie Guillen decided to give Joe Crede a rest by not starting him Wednesday night. He had started in 36 of the White Sox's first 38 games. "The way Joe plays everyday, I'm just giving him one day to recover," Guillen said.
Crede hits one out Monday
(5/15/2006) Scott Podsednik, Joe Crede and Chris Widger homered to help Chicago win despite resting three regulars at Minnesota Monday.
Crede has strikeout string
(5/15/2006) Joe Crede was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Sunday's game at Minnesota, as he was unable to join the team's nine-run, 13-hit barrage against the Twins.
Joe Crede hitting .324
(5/7/2006) Joe Crede hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday for their eighth win in 10 games. He finished 2-for-3 in the game and is now hitting .324 on the season.
Joe Crede next Robin Ventura?
(5/4/2006) Joe Crede is off to a .316 start at the plate but he continues to do his best work at third base. Crede ran into the rolled-up tarp against the seats chasing a foul ball in the eighth, juggling it off the tarp and his body, before coming up with the catch on his back. "Crede should've been a Gold Glove winner the last two years," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "A lot of people ask me about Robin Ventura and that's a tough call. But I watch this kid every day and he reminds me of Robin. He could be better than Robin. He's got better range and a better arm." Guillen should know, he played next to Ventura for eight years on the South Side.
Crede goes 3-for-5
(5/2/2006) ChiSox 3B Joe Crede went 3-for-5 with an RBI at Cleveland on Tuesday.
Joe Crede goes 3-for-3
(4/30/2006) Joe Crede was 3-for-3 after getting hit by a pitch his first time up on Sunday at the Angels.
Crede gets a night off
(4/25/2006) Joe Crede, Scott Podsednik and Jermaine Dye all received the night off against Seattle's Jamie Moyer on Monday night, giving the White Sox lineup a slightly different look. Pablo Ozuna led off and played in left field, Rob Mackowiak was in right and Alex Cintron started at third base for the first time this season.
Crede gets a night off
(4/25/2006) Joe Crede, Scott Podsednik and Jermaine Dye all received the night off against Seattle's Jamie Moyer on Monday night, giving the White Sox lineup a slightly different look. Pablo Ozuna led off and played in left field, Rob Mackowiak was in right and Alex Cintron started at third base for the first time this season.
Joe Crede drives in a couple
(4/23/2006) Crede was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a strikeout in Sunday's game against the Twins, as he now has driven in 14 runs this season.
Joe Crede now hitting .325
(4/18/2006) Joe Crede is hitting .325 this season and has only two strikeouts in 45 plate appearances. The key has been a constant repetition with a swing that was changed last season. "Yeah, just whatever we found in the swing, we have been able to instill it in spring training and the first part this year," Crede said. "I'm basically slowing things down up there. I was trying to do too much before. With that, I came rushing out and was trying to hit the pitchers' pitch, instead of my pitch."
Owner asks Crede to clean up
(4/17/2006) A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede were ordered to get a haircut by the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Pierzynski and Crede got the word from owner Jerry Reinsdorf - relayed to them by General manager Ken Williams - that he'd like a neater appearance. Both have long blond hair sticking out from their caps, a style Crede started last season when the team was winning or he was hitting well. "Jerry Reinsdorf asked me to tell them to get a haircut and look more presentable. So I asked them to get a haircut and look more presentable," Williams said Monday. "Rules are rules and you got to follow them," Crede said, adding he'd never gotten a haircut previously in the city of Chicago. He did have a trim this spring in Arizona. "If you got to cut it, you got to cut it," he said.
Crede flashes glove and bat
(4/10/2006) Joe Crede went 1-for-3 with a two-run line-drive tater at Detroit Monday, tacking on two RBI. He also flashed some glovework in the win.
Joe Crede drives in two runs
(4/9/2006) Joe Crede drove in two runs as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Joe Crede able to play
(4/8/2006) Joe Crede (flu) was able to play Friday after missing Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland. He went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Joe Crede has flu symptoms
(4/6/2006) Joe Crede spent Wednesday afternoon in the trainer's room, and he was scratched from the White Sox lineup with flu-like symptoms. He was available late in the game if needed, but manager Ozzie Guillen wanted to keep Crede from his teammates.
At least Crede plays good D
(4/3/2006) Joe Crede was hitless in three at-bats with a strikeout, walk and run scored in Sunday's game against the Indians. He did flash some outstanding leather at the hot corner for the White Sox despite doing little with the stick.
Crede moves up to seventh spot
(4/1/2006) The Chicago Tribune reports that Joe Crede is hitting seventh in the lineup for the White Sox, rather than eighth "because he's swinging the bat pretty good," said manager Ozzie Guillen.
(2/28/2006) During the postseason, Joe Crede batted .289 with four homers and 11 RBI, and made several stellar plays at third base. He drove in the winning runs in two games of the AL championship series, and hit a solo go-ahead homer in Game 1 of the World Series. He also homered off Houston's Roy Oswalt in Game 3 to start a five-run Chicago rally in a game eventually won by the White Sox in 14 innings. All this and he played the final three months with two herniated discs in his back. He was also on the disabled list in early September with a broken finger. Now Crede's healthy and ready to play, his back strengthened through a workout program. "If Joe is not concerned I shouldn't be," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Going by what I hear and what I see, he's moving around really well. I'm going to give him some days off and put that kid from Pittsburgh (Rob Mackowiak) in. In the meanwhile that will give Crede a chance to relax. The longer he is healthy, he will do more damage."
White Sox have Crede on program
(2/17/2006) Rob Mackowiak initially will see a lot of work at third base in the spring, until the Sox get a good feel how the two herniated discs in Joe Crede's lower back have healed up this offseason. While it is expected to always be a problem for Crede, the Sox have had him on a strength program to keep the injury in check.
Crede drafted in Round 12
(2/13/2006) Joe Crede was the 142nd overall selection (twelfth round) in the 2006 CBS SportsLine.com AL Experts League. He recorded a .252 BA with 22 home runs and 62 RBI in 432 AB in 2005.
Playoff hero Crede gets a raise
(1/18/2006) Third baseman Joe Crede and the White Sox agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. The 27-year-old was third among AL third baseman with a .971 fielding percentage and fifth in home runs with a career-high 22 for the World Series champions last season. He batted .252 with 62 RBI in 129 games. Crede was a key component during the postseason, hitting .289 with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI as the White Sox won their first championship since 1917. His ninth-inning double won Game 2 of the AL championship series against the Los Angeles Angels, and he hit a tying homer leading off the seventh inning in the fifth game of that series.
Crede plays Thursday
(9/29/2005) Joe Crede rejoined the team about 90 minutes before Thursday's game at Detroit after going to Missouri, where his wife gave birth Tuesday.
Crede still out
(9/29/2005) Joe Crede, whose wife had a child on Tuesday in Missouri, still hadn't returned before the game.
Crede leaves for birth of child
(9/28/2005) Chicago 3B Joe Crede left Detroit early Tuesday to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's second child. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he was not sure when Crede would return, but expected to hear from him before Wednesday's game.
3B Crede goes 2-for-3 off DL
(9/11/2005) The White Sox activated Joe Crede from the 15-day DL before Saturday's game against the Angels. The third baseman went on the DL on Aug. 26 with a hairline fracture of his right middle finger. He was hit by Jesse Crain's pitch in a game against the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 25. Crede entered the game with a .232 average and 16 homers and 48 RBI. His .973 fielding percentage is second-best in the AL. He had been taking batting and fielding practice the past few days. "I think it's time for us to see what he's got," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "To see if he is going to help us in the stretch. That's the biggest issue. When the swing's ready, I have to put him in there to see how he's going to go."
Crede returns from DL
(9/10/2005) The Chicago White Sox activated Joe Crede from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The third baseman went on the DL on Aug. 26 with a hairline fracture of his right middle finger. He was hit by Jesse Crain's pitch in a game against the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 25. "I think it's time for us to see what he's got," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "To see if he is going to help us in the stretch. That's the biggest issue. When the swing's ready, I have to put him in there to see how he's going to go."
Crede takes some hacks
(9/10/2005) Manager Ozzie Guillen threw batting practice to injured 3B Joe Crede (fractured right middle finger) and said he was "pretty sure" Crede would be activated for Saturday's game. "He looked good," Guillen said. "I was throwing real close, pretty good velocity. His finger feels better."
Crede takes BP
(9/8/2005) Joe Crede has been taking batting practice and working out at third base the last two days in anticipation of returning to the lineup. Crede has been on the 15-day DL since Aug. 26 with a broken right middle finger. He's eligible to return on Sept. 9. "We're going to try and give him a simulated game in the next couple days to see at that point how we're going to use him," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think he's swinging the bat real well. Now he's going to take some ground balls."
Crede headed for 15-day DL
(8/30/2005) Manager Ozzie Guillen said that Joe Crede (finger) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday due to the hairline fracture in the middle finger of his right hand.
White Sox's Crede might need DL
(8/28/2005) The White Sox might have to put 3B Joe Crede on the 15-day DL because of a hairline fracture in the middle finger of his right hand. He was hurt when he was hit by a pitch while attempting to bunt Thursday. For the second consecutive game, Crede was out of the lineup Saturday night. Manager Ozzie Guillen said before Saturday night's game he plans to sit down and talk to general manager Ken Williams about the possibility. "There's still a lot of soreness in the finger," Guillen said.
Crede has broken finger
(8/27/2005) Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede has a small stress fracture on the tip of the right middle finger. Geoff Blum was in the lineup at third in place of Crede for Friday night's series opener with the Seattle Mariners. Chicago said Crede's finger will be re-evaluated in two or three days, and that the injury is not season ending.
Crede needs bunting practice
(8/26/2005) Joe Crede injured his right middle finger on a bunt attempt in the 10th inning against the Twins Thursday. He left the game during that at-bat and was pinch hit for by Pablo Ozuna. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Crede -- hitless in his last 21 at-bats -- would have X-rays taken when the team arrived in Seattle on Friday.
Slumping 3B Crede back in lineup
(8/25/2005) Though Pablo Ozuna had two of his team's three hits against Johan Santana on Tuesday, Joe Crede -- in a 5-for-48 slump -- returned to the lineup Wednesday. "I've got to keep Crede getting his chances," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Slumping 3B Crede back in lineup
(8/25/2005) Though Pablo Ozuna had two of his team's three hits against Johan Santana on Tuesday, Joe Crede -- in a 5-for-48 slump -- returned to the lineup Wednesday. "I've got to keep Crede getting his chances," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Crede relegated to the bench
(8/21/2005) While the other White Sox players were doing a conga line around the bases against Randy Johnson in Sunday's game against the Yankees, Joe Crede was on the bench in favor of Pablo Ozuna.
Crede back in the lineup
(7/21/2005) Joe Crede (back) is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox after resting his back on Wednesday.
Joe Crede sits on Wednesday
(7/20/2005) Crede, bothered by two herniated discs in his lower back, did not start Wednesday's game against the Tigers. Pablo Ozuna started in his absence.
Crede to play with stiff back
(7/17/2005) 3B Joe Crede, who has been battling a stiff back, returned to the lineup after missing one game and went 1-for-4. He is hitting .273 (9-for-33) with two homers and seven RBI over his past nine games. Manager Ozzie Guillen will keep an eye on him. He figures the problem will probably persist the rest of the season. "If you have a bad back, you have to deal with it," he said.
Crede back in the lineup
(7/16/2005) Joe Crede (back) was in the starting lineup for Saturday's game at Cleveland. He was 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
Joe Crede back in the lineup
(7/14/2005) Crede (back) is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game at Cleveland.
Joe Crede remains sidelined
(7/10/2005) Crede (back) missed his second straight game on Sunday against the Athletics due to his sore back.
Crede held up by sore back
(7/10/2005) Pablo Ozuna started at third base for Joe Crede on Saturday. Crede is day-to-day with a sore back.
(7/9/2005) Joe Crede went 1-for-4 (back) against Oakland Friday.
Joe Crede remains sidelined
(7/7/2005) Crede (back) was unable to start Wednesday's game against the Devil Rays.
Crede scratched on Tuesday
(7/5/2005) Joe Crede was scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Devil Rays due to a sore back.
Crede in midst of hot streak
(6/20/2005) Joe Crede has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, hitting 11-for-31 (.355) in that span. "We think he's better than what he's shown," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "That's why the expectations are so high for him. He has the talent to be a superstar. This team is about pitching and defense and speed, and that's what this kid is about. If he can hit 20 home runs and drive in 70 runs, that's a pretty good year."
3B Crede having big June
(6/16/2005) In the month of June, Joe Crede is batting .306 (11-for-36) with four home runs and eight RBI. He hit just .155 (13-for-84) with three home runs in May.
3B Crede sits out contest
(6/9/2005) Joe Crede was given a day off Wednesday because Scott Podsednik was out of the lineup. "We didn't give Crede the day off to rest him," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I needed to get some speed in there with Podsednik not playing."
Crede continues slump
(6/3/2005) Joe Crede went 0-for-3 against Cleveland Friday, extending his slump to 6-for-61 (.098) over his last 18 games.
Crede hitless on Monday
(5/24/2005) Joe Crede was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Monday's game at L.A. Angels.
Crede's hot start levels off
(5/2/2005) Joe Crede's average has fallen 40 points in his past seven games. He was hitting .333 after April 23.
Crede in the lineup Wednesday
(4/27/2005) Joe Crede (foot) was able to start Wednesday's game at Oakland, but he played shortstop due to injuries to several infielders. He was 1-for-4 with a strikeout before he and manager Ozzie Guillen were ejected late in the game.
Crede unable to start Tuesday
(4/27/2005) Joe Crede did not get the start in Tuesday's game at Oakland due to a sore left foot, but he came on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. He stayed in and finished the game at third base.
Crede extends streak to 14 games
(4/24/2005) Joe Crede went 2-for-5 at Kansas City Saturday to push his hitting streak to 14 games.
Crede hits in dozen straight
(4/23/2005) Joe Crede was 3-for-4 with three runs scored in Friday's game at Kansas City.
Crede smacks first homer
(4/19/2005) Joe Crede went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Monday against the Twins. He is hitting just .250 at this time.
Joe Crede struggling early
(4/7/2005) Crede collected his first hit of the season in Thursday's series finale against Cleveland, finishing 1-for-4.
Crede hitless in the opener
(4/4/2005) Joe Crede was hitless in three trips to the plate in Monday's regular season opener against Cleveland.
Crede back in the lineup
(8/17/2004) Joe Crede (hand) was back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against Detroit.
Crede injures hand
(8/15/2004) Joe Crede was forced to leave Saturday's game against Boston after being hit by a pitch in the second inning.
Crede won't get demoted
(8/10/2004) The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Joe Crede was out of the lineup for the third consecutive day Monday, but manager Ozzie Guillen said Crede will remain with the White Sox, with intermittent play, and not be sent down. "I don't think Crede belongs in the minor leagues," said Guillen. "He's got the tools and hopefully he stays that way."
Crede gives up playing time
(8/7/2004) The Chicago Tribune reports that Joe Crede has not played well enough to own the third base job outright. "(Juan) Uribe is going to play a lot of third base," said manager Ozzie Guillen.
Crede has three-hit game
(7/28/2004) Joe Crede went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs on Wednesday against the Twins. It was his fourth game with three-plus hits.
Crede hits walk-off HR
(7/25/2004) Joe Crede connected off Ugueth Urbina with one out in the ninth inning Saturday. He went 2-for-3 with a double, his 13th home run and three RBI.
Crede hitless Sunday afternoon
(7/11/2004) Joe Crede was 0-for-3 in Sunday's game against the Mariners.
Crede returns to lineup
(6/21/2004) Joe Crede was back in the starting lineup on Monday. He missed Sunday's game against the Expos because of a hand injury.
Crede not in lineup Sunday
(6/20/2004) Joe Crede was not starting for the White Sox/Expos game on Sunday. He left Saturday's game after being hit on the right hand.
(6/20/2004) Joe Crede left Saturday's game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.
Crede scores three runs
(6/13/2004) Joe Crede went 1-for-1 with three walks, three RBI and three runs on Sunday against Atlanta.
Crede might get time off
(6/11/2004) The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Joe Crede could be replaced by Paul Konerko at third base next week when interleague games force Frank Thomas to play first base.
White Sox show faith in Crede
(6/10/2004) The Chicago Sun-Times reports that manager Ozzie Guillen remains confident that Joe Crede will shake his current slump. He is batting .171 (13-for-76) over his past 21 games. "It's a matter of time," said Guillen. "This kid started the same way last year, I believe. I think (it was) worse, and he had a great second half. This kid has had big hits for us, even though he's not consistent. Every time he comes up with the game on the line, he comes through with a big hit for the team."
Crede mired in a slump
(6/6/2004) Joe Crede was 1-for-4 with a double and RBI in Sunday's game at Seattle.
Crede hits seventh homer
(5/8/2004) Joe Crede went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI at Toronto Saturday.
Crede returns, wins Game 1 for Sox
(5/2/2004) Joe Crede returned from an upset stomach in time to hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against Toronto. He went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Game 1, 1-for-4 in Game 2, and is now 9-for-18 (.500) in his past four games after snapping an 0-for-12 slump on Tuesday.
Crede scratched on Thursday
(4/30/2004) Joe Crede had an upset stomach on Thursday and was scratched from the lineup.
Crede still not on track
(4/9/2004) Joe Crede was 1-for-3 with a strikeout in Thursday's game at N.Y. Yankees.
Joe Crede returns Thursday
(8/21/2003) Crede (toe) returned to the starting lineup on Thursday. He was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, a triple, a home run and three RBI.
Crede misses third consecutive
(8/20/2003) Joe Crede (toe) missed his third straight game on Wednesday.
Crede misses another game
(8/20/2003) Joe Crede (toe) missed his second consecutive game on Tuesday.
Crede sits out Monday's game
(8/19/2003) Joe Crede missed Monday's game against Anaheim with a sore toe he suffered while running the bases on Saturday. His status is day to day.
Crede benched Tuesday
(6/4/2003) Joe Crede sat Tuesday in favor of Tony Graffanino. Crede is mired in an 0-for-13 slump with seven strikeouts.
Joe Crede returns to lineup
(5/24/2003) Crede (illness) was back in the starting lineup on Friday. He went 1-for-3 with a home run in Chicago's loss to Detroit.
Crede sits out Wednesday
(5/22/2003) Joe Crede (illness) did not start on Wednesday.
Crede's hot bat cools off
(4/29/2003) Joe Crede is batting just .153 (5-for-32) in his last nine games, according to the White Sox's game notes. He sat out Sunday's game after hitting a 1-for-14 skid.
Joe Crede smacks first home run
(4/5/2003) Crede was 2-for-4 on Friday, including his first home run, propelling Chicago to a 5-2 win over Detroit.
(9/22/2002) Crede doubled twice on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He's 14 for his last 29.
(8/4/2002) Crede (sore left thumb) returned on Saturday after sitting out Friday's game. Crede has not hit well so far this year, so don't rush to activate him if you have good infield depth.
(8/3/2002) Crede was out of the starting lineup Friday because of a sore left thumb. Manager Jerry Manuel said Crede could return Saturday. Follow his health status during the weekend before starting him for the upcoming period.
(7/31/2002) Crede started at third base Tuesday and was hitless in four at-bats. He was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day. Monitor his performances in the next few days befor putting him in your active lineup.
(7/30/2002) Crede has been called up from Triple-A Charlotte. "He will be in Minnesota [Tuesday], and he will be playing third," general manager Ken Williams told the Chicago Sun-Times. Consider picking Crede up if you need a third baseman. He was batting .312 with 24 homers and 65 RBI at Triple-A Charlotte.
(7/29/2002) No official announcement has been made yet, but The Chicago Tribune reports that Crede will be called up from Triple-A and start Tuesday's game. Crede did an exceptional job at Triple-a Charlotte, batting .306 with 24 homers and 65 RBI. Consider picking bim up if you need help at third base.
(6/4/2002) According to published reports, Crede might be called up from Triple-A Charlotte by the end of the week. He is not guaranteed of playing time with the big club, but stashing Crede away on your roster in an AL-only league is advised.
(3/25/2002) Crede was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday despite hitting .380 this spring. He doesn't have any value right now, but could emerge as a valuable midseason pickup.
(2/26/2002) According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox are likely to send Crede back to Triple-A Charlotte to open the season. "[Crede] has an idea of what the situation is," said manager Jerry Manuel. "It doesn't need to be explained. Some things can happen in spring training. But I have a good feeling about Joe. I have a good idea of what he's about." You should probably invest your auction dollars in Jose Valentin instead of Crede this spring, although Crede might be a decent sleeper to be recalled at some point during the year.
(2/20/2002) White Sox manager Jerry Manuel would have liked to see Crede play winter ball during the offseason, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I believe in winter ball, that's my philosophy," Manuel said. "This is a game you need to play as much as you can. If he went out and dominated one of those leagues, then you would have to think about [the situation] differently." While this doesn't condemn Crede's chances of winning the starting third base job, it makes it that much harder for him to win the battle. Bump him down a buck or so as a result.
(2/1/2002) According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Crede is "destined" to begin the 2002 season at Triple-A Charlotte. Jose Valentin will be the team's starting third baseman, but Crede could be called up during the regular season.
(6/23/2001) The White Sox optioned Crede to Triple-A Charlotte of the International League on Friday. Crede, one of the team's top prospects, hit just .167 (5-for-30) with three RBI in 10 games for the big club.
(6/9/2001) Crede was called up from Triple-A Charlotte by the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The stud prospect should get some playing time due to the recent injuries of Jose Valentin and Herbert Perry, and should be a consideration for Fantasy owners lacking a decent third baseman.
(9/12/2000) The Chicago White Sox called up Crede, the MVP of the Southern League, from Double-A Birmingham on Monday. Crede, 22, batted .306 with 21 home runs and 94 RBI in 138 games with the Barons. He led the league in hits, ranked second in RBIs and extra-base hits (56), third in average, home runs and runs scored. He finished in the top three in all three Triple Crown categories two years after falling two home runs short of winning the Carolina League Triple Crown at Class-A Winston-Salem.
(3/22/2000) As expected, demoted to AAA-Charlotte. Paul Konerko, Greg Norton and Craig Wilson will split time at 3B for the time being. Crede is considered the Sox' third baseman of the future, but his inexperience showed in spring training, as he hit just .262 while making four errors in 14 games.