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Have injuries derailed Joe Crede's career?

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 11:  Joe Crede #24 of the Minnesota Twins bats against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on June 11, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Josh LevittSenior Analyst ISeptember 21, 2009

This past week, Twins 3B Joe Crede, suffered yet another tough break and will undergo another back surgery this offseason:

Crede, out for the season, said the procedure by Dr. Andrew Dossett, a Dallas orthopedist, will remove fluid from a herniated disk that is impeding a nerve. Crede expects to have the operation Friday, though the date will be finalized Monday.

"It's something I have to do if I want to get back out there," Crede said before Sunday's game against Detroit.
The 31-year-old Crede has had two major operations in the past two years, the last in October. He played in only 144 games with 502 at-bats from 2007-08."

At this stage in his career, Crede has become a risk because of his back issues, and cannot be counted on to be a starting third baseman.

The 31 year-old 3B has had two major operations in the past two years, the last in October. He played in only 144 games with 502 at-bats from 2007-08. Even though Crede was an All-Star in 2007, you can certainly say that Crede hasn't put together a quality season at the dish since 2006.

You have to wonder what kind of market Crede will have this winter once he becomes a free agent. But the guesses will run on the side that it won't be favorable.

There are a number of decent third basemen out there, who come with less question marks than Crede and have been more productive over the past three years (Figgins, Feliz, Beltre, Mora, and possibly Tejada). Crede could have a tough time finding playing time considering the bevy of options out there.

Joe Crede is a good player and injuries have derailed his career.

I feel sorry for him.

Here was a guy who was one of the best third base;en in baseball in 2006, and was all set to cash in once he became a free agent in 2008, but because of injuries, he has not come close to achieving his full potential—both on the field and in his wallet.

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