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09/20/09 3:10 PM ET
Crede shut down, will have surgery
Procedure will be third on back in as many seasons
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Crede's season is officially over. The Twins third baseman is scheduled to undergo surgery on his back next week in Dallas to "clean up" fluid from a herniated disk. It's the third surgery that Crede's had on his back in the past three years. The procedure will be performed by spine specialist Dr. Andrew Dossett, the same doctor who did a similar surgery on Crede's back last year. Crede has been battling pain in his lower back since mid-August. He missed three weeks and received two epidural shots in his back before trying to play again last Sunday. Crede struck out in all four of his at-bats, and manager Ron Gardenhire said that Crede's season was likely done, as the pain was just too much for him to play through. During the off-day Thursday, Crede saw Dossett and got another MRI on his back. Tests confirmed fluid is impeding on the sciatic nerve, causing Crede's pain in his back and his legs, and the decision was made that surgery was the best option to offer relief. "It's beyond frustrating," Crede said of his continuing pain issues. "I'm just disgusted with it really. But at the same time, you have to keep a positive outlook and get through this. Bottom line, you just want to feel better. This is what will do it. "It's just another speed bump in the road. Hopefully, this will be the last time and I'll move on and play another 10 years." Crede will fly with the team to Chicago for its series with the White Sox and remain for a couple days before heading home to Missouri prior to his surgery. An exact day has not been set for the procedure, but it will likely take place Friday, Crede said. He hopes to rejoin the club for perhaps the final series against the Royals if Dosset gives him the OK. "I would rather be [with the team] than anywhere else," Crede said. It's been a tough year for Crede. He was limited to just 90 games due to various injuries, most unrelated to his back. His 15 home runs and solid glove at third were what Minnesota was hoping for when it signed Crede to a one-year deal in February, but unfortunately, he wasn't able to stay on the field as much as either side hoped. "For a guy like me, you couldn't ask for a better city or better place to play," Crede said. "The kind of person I am, I felt I really latched on to this city. I liked it a lot. It's got that small-town kind of feel to it. My family liked it, too. I had a lot of fun. I wish I would have been able to do a little more, help out a little more and stayed healthy. But that's stuff that's out of your control. So you deal with it and move on."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.