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03/27/08 8:08 PM ET

Crede has precautionary X-ray

Slugger fouls pitch off left ankle; injury not considered serious

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Third baseman Joe Crede left Thursday's Cactus League finale against the D-backs in the fifth inning after fouling a pitch off his left ankle.

After icing the ankle in the clubhouse, the training staff decided to take a precautionary X-ray. The X-ray was still pending after the game, but the training staff didn't anticipate any serious revelations.

"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."

Crede struck out swinging to end the inning.

Crede learned he won the third-base job Tuesday, when Josh Fields was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte after a protracted battle for the roster spot.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.