PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede had back surgery Tuesday and could miss the rest of the season.
Crede was placed on the 15-day disabled list 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.
The 29-year-old Crede has a history of back problems, and it has been a nagging issue all season. After deciding not to have offseason surgery to repair two herniated disks, he was hitting .216 with four homers and 22 RBIs - a steep drop from last year when he batted .283 with 30 homers and 94 RBIs.
Dr. Robert Watkins operated on Crede in Los Angeles. Rookie Josh Fields has replaced Crede as the regular third baseman.

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