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06/25/08 10:18 PM ET

Crede sits again with back stiffness

Third baseman plans to start Thursday afternoon's game

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Crede doesn't believe his back will ever be at 100 percent following season-ending surgery last June.

Then again, Crede didn't seem worried that the back stiffness causing him to be scratched from Tuesday's game and then miss Wednesday's contest at Dodger Stadium was any reason for concern.

In fact, Crede didn't really think last year's problem was truly related to this present issue happening in Los Angeles.

"This is more stiffness, and last year was more sharp pains radiating down the leg," said Crede, speaking in the White Sox clubhouse on Wednesday evening. "It was just back stiffness, that's all, I think from the plane ride or just a combination of things.

"It feels a lot better today."

Crede advised Ozzie Guillen of the problem before Tuesday's batting practice and infield work, with the White Sox manager asking his third baseman to see how it felt during pregame and then come back to him. The back didn't loosen up, and Pablo Ozuna replaced Crede.

One of Guillen's rules is that if you take yourself out of one game, you sit the next day just as an extra bit of caution. Crede did say he would be available if needed Wednesday, and planned to start in Thursday afternoon's series finale.

"He's been great after the back surgery," said Guillen of Crede, who has a .275 average with 15 home runs and 45 RBIs in 70 games this season. "He hasn't had any setback. Tightness, soreness, it's not been a big thing. Every time we give him a day off, he bounces back right away."

"[Tuesday] was precautionary because I didn't want to take a step back," Crede added.

The primary goal for Crede is to keep his back manageable, if not necessarily trouble-free every day from now through October. Through the end of June, Crede has no complaints about his condition and neither do the White Sox.

"That's where we are at right now. It's manageable," Crede said. "It's not sharp pains or excruciating. You know, I don't even think [this] even has anything to do with last year."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.