NEW YORK -- Joe Crede's back had not been an issue for the first 35 games of the 2009 season, but on Friday night, the third baseman had to leave the Twins' game against the Yankees in the fifth inning with a tight lower back.
Crede was replaced by Brendan Harris in the bottom of the fifth. The move came after the third baseman looked as though he was slow to get to some balls down the line early in the game.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Crede was dealing with back spasms and tightness in his hamstrings, prompting him to take him out of the game. It was deemed a precautionary move, and he's listed as day to day.
"We got him out of there as quick as we could," Gardenhire said. "We'll see what happens. We'll just go day to day."
The third baseman has a history of back problems. He underwent his second back surgery this past October prior to signing with the Twins as a free agent in February, and it was back problems that limited him to just 144 games for the White Sox in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Crede missed three games last weekend with a sore left hamstring. He went 0-for-2 in Friday's game, but drove in eight runs in the three-game series against the Tigers this week. He is batting .232 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 27 games this season.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com.
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