CHICAGO - Prior to tonight's game vs. the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox placed third baseman Joe Crede on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 5) with lower back inflammation and recalled third baseman Josh Fields from Class AAA Charlotte.
The White Sox also announced that outfielder Scott Podsednik, who has been on the disabled list since April 16 with a right adductor strain, will begin a rehabilitation assignment tonight with Charlotte at Louisville.
Crede, 29, is hitting .216 (36-167) with four home runs and 22 RBI in 47 games this season. He ranks fourth among American League third basemen with a .971 fielding percentage. Crede received his first Silver Slugger Award in 2006 after setting career highs with a .283 average, 31 doubles, 30 home runs, 94 RBI and 76 runs scored.
Fields, 24, is batting .283 (58-205) with 14 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 56 games with Charlotte this season. He has walked 39 times and compiled a .394 on-base and .498 slugging percentage. Over his last 24 games, Fields is hitting .363 (33-91) with seven home runs and 26 RBI.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 Prospect in the White Sox organization, ranks fourth in the International League in home runs and fifth in RBI. Fields reached base safely in 25 consecutive games from May 3-28 and was named IL Batter of the Week for May 21-27.
Fields, the White Sox first-round draft choice (No. 18 overall) in 2004, was named IL Rookie of the Year in 2006 after hitting .305 (141-462) with 32 doubles, 19 home runs and 70 RBI in 124 games with the Knights. He played in 11 games with the Sox last season, going 3-20 (.150) with one home run and two RBI.
Podsednik, 31, was hitting .303 (10-33) with one home run, two RBI and three stolen bases in 10 games with the Sox before going on the disabled list. His 169 stolen bases from 2004-06 were the most in the major leagues.