07/25/2008 3:41 PM ET
White Sox make three roster moves
CHICAGO -- Prior to tonight's game at Detroit, the Chicago White Sox placed third baseman Joe Crede on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 22, with back lumbar inflammation and recalled third baseman Josh Fields from Class AAA Charlotte.
Crede, 30, is hitting .255 (79-310) with 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 90 games with the White Sox this season. He ranks third among all American League third basemen in home runs, fourth in slugging percentage (.474) and fifth in RBI.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was named to his first AL All-Star Team in 2008, becoming the first Sox third baseman to participate in the Midsummer Classic since Robin Ventura in 1991.
Crede appeared in just 47 games last season after undergoing season-ending back surgery on June 12, 2007.
Fields, 25, was batting .248 (55-222) with 12 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI in 59 games with Charlotte this season. He also appeared in four games with Class A Winston-Salem during a rehab assignment for a strained right knee from July 4-7 (.333, 3-9).
The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder hit .244 (91-373) with 23 home runs and 67 RBI in 100 games with the White Sox in 2007. Fields' 23 home runs lead all AL rookies last season and tied Bill Melton (1969) for third in franchise history among first-year players.
The White Sox also returned right-handed pitcher Esteban Loaiza from his rehabilitation assignment at Class AA Birmingham, activated him from the disabled list and requested waivers for purposes of granting his unconditional release.
Loaiza, 36, went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3.0 IP) in three relief appearances with the Sox in 2008. He was placed on the disabled list on June 13 (retroactive to June 12) with a right shoulder inflammation.
The White Sox 40-man roster is now at 39.