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After a second major surgery on his back, Crede recovered in time to sign a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Twins shortly after spring training began. He gave them the good glove and power they expected -- 15 home runs in 333 at-bats -- but he has been bothered by a bunch of injuries.
The back strain, though, was the most devastating given how many problems he's had throughout his career.
"He was pretty much bummed out," Gardenhire said.
With 367 plate appearances, Crede will make $4 million this season -- including an extra $1.5 million in plate-appearance bonuses.
Even rookie Justin Huber couldn't escape the injury bug. He hurt an oblique muscle swinging during batting practice and was scratched from his designated hitter spot. Matt Tolbert was inserted at third base, with Brendan Harris moving over to DH. Michael Cuddyer was at first in place of Morneau and will likely play there the remainder of the year.
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