Crede to see specialist about injury

Crede to see specialist about injury

OAKLAND -- Twins third baseman Joe Crede is scheduled to see noted shoulder specialist, Dr. Lewis Yocum, in Los Angeles on Thursday morning after suffering a setback with his right shoulder.

Crede returned to the lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since injuring the AC joint in his right shoulder during a series at Texas over the weekend. During the game, however, Crede said he re-aggravated the shoulder when he popped out in his fourth at-bat.

The shoulder bothered Crede for the rest of the game while making throws and fielding, but the throbbing pain grew so intense after Crede returned to the team hotel that he called trainer Rick McWane during the night.

"I don't even know how to describe the pain I had in my shoulder," Crede said. "I've never had that before. There was numbness on the right side, which was probably just swelling in that area, probably just pinching on a nerve. If we can get that swelling down I think that would be the biggest thing. Hopefully that's all it is, just swelling."

With the Twins traveling to L.A. to play the Angels for a four-game series this weekend, Crede got an appointment to see Yocum. He'll likely undergo an MRI, as well as an examination, to determine whether or not there is any structural damage in his shoulder.

The third baseman has been plagued by various bumps and bruises this season -- although very few have involved his surgically repaired back -- that have kept him off the field for periods of time. So far he has been able to stay off the disabled list and his hope is that he will be able to as well this time.

"I don't want to look that far ahead, but hopefully it's something that's just a re-aggravation, something they can calm down with a shot or some pills," Crede said. "Hopefully it just fades away."

The third baseman first injured the shoulder on Friday night while making some diving plays in the field. He started on Saturday against the Rangers before leaving the game with some numbness and tingling in his right arm and hand.

Crede had been taking anti-inflammatory medication to treat his AC joint, and he said that his shoulder had felt great prior to the start of Monday's game. He doubled twice in the contest before re-aggravating the shoulder -- all of which has made this latest setback even harder to take for Crede.

"It's beyond any kind of frustration at this point," Crede said. "You'd like to go out there and play without any pain. You are going to have some during the season, it's a matter of how much you can tolerate. It's to the point now where I need to take a step back and get it looked at by a guy like Yocum. He's probably the best shoulder guy out there right now. We'll see what he has to say and hopefully it's good news and we'll 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.