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07/28/09 8:10 PM ET

Crede returns to Twins' lineup Tuesday

Set to DH after missing a week with right shoulder injury

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman Joe Crede was back in the lineup Tuesday after missing a week with an inflamed AC joint in his right shoulder. He was listed as the Twins' designated hitter as they took on White Sox in the second game of three-game set at the Metrodome.

Crede threw and took batting practice Monday, but didn't see action in Minnesota's victory against his former team. He said the plan is to work his way back slowly, starting with a spot as DH on Tuesday.

"You never want to go back too early and make things worse and take that many more steps back," Crede said. "You just want to take it slow and make sure you feel good when you get back out there and do the things you're capable of doing without worrying about an injury."

Crede -- who hasn't played since July 21 against Oakland -- has had his share of injuries in his first season with the Twins, including a stiff back and bruised hand. He said, however, that none of the injuries have been particularly worrisome.

"Just freak things, fouling balls off your foot, getting hit by a pitch on the hand just in a bad spot," Crede said. "Just kind of baseball stuff, really."

Twins third-base coach Scott Ullger said Crede could return to the field Wednesday for the series finale.

"I guess he was playing catch pretty much without any pain," Ullger said. "He's going to DH today. Hopefully he can be at third base [Wednesday]."

Tyler Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.