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07/23/08 12:10 AM ET

Crede scratched, will miss Wednesday

Third baseman sits with lower back stiffness; Uribe gets start

CHICAGO -- Joe Crede was scratched from Tuesday's White Sox starting lineup against the Rangers due to lower back stiffness.

After a 10-2 victory over the Rangers, manager Ozzie Guillen said Crede would miss Wednesday afternoon's series finale to give the third baseman three straight days with Thursday's off-day as a precautionary measure.

"Joe's got soreness," Guillen said. "Hopefully, when we start the series with Detroit, he'll be ready to go."

"It's best to take a day here, as opposed to missing a week or two weeks," Crede said. "It was better to take a step back instead of trying to fight through it."

Crede was replaced at third base Tuesday by Juan Uribe, who raised his average to .225 with two doubles hitting ninth and making his second start this season at third. Second baseman Alexei Ramirez moved up one spot in the lineup to eighth, and launched his first career grand slam off Dustin Nippert in the seventh.

Coming back from season-ending back surgery in 2007, Crede has played in 90 of the 99 games to date for the White Sox. He entered Tuesday's contest hitting .255 with 17 home runs and 54 RBIs, with four hits and five RBIs since the All-Star break.

The stiffness Crede felt on Tuesday was nothing remotely close to the pain he felt throughout the first two months of the 2007 campaign.

"There wasn't the shooting pain down the legs or stuff like that. It's a stiff back," Crede said. "The biggest thing is with a stiff back, you can favor another part of the body and end up straining a side muscle or an oblique. It's better to take a step back than risk another injury coming from this one."

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