Crede exits game in fourth inning

Crede exits game in fourth inning

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Twins will likely be without third baseman Joe Crede for Sunday's series finale against the Rays after Crede left Saturday's contest with a left knee contusion.

Crede fouled a ball off his left knee during his at-bat in the third inning. He was able to go back out on defense for the bottom of the third, but he said after the club's 5-2 loss to the Rays that the amount of swelling in his leg was hampering his ability to field his position.

"This is one that kind of really got me, close to the knee and it got part of my calf," Crede said. "It was getting so tight out there, I wasn't able to move around at third base. You never want to be out there in a situation where you aren't able to move the way you need to move to try and get to the balls you need to get to."

X-rays on Crede's knee were negative and he was diagnosed with a contusion on the knee. He is listed as day-to-day.

When the Twins didn't send Crede out for the bottom of the fourth, Brendan Harris was shifted from shortstop to third base and Matt Tolbert entered the game as the club's shortstop.

For Crede, it's yet another injury that could keep him out for a couple of days. Crede missed three games early in the week after getting hit on the hand by a pitch in last Sunday's contest vs. the Brewers.

"It's very frustrating," Crede said of the recent injuries. "But it's all part of the game. Just learn to deal with it and move on."

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