OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede missed an exhibition game against the Texas Rangers on Friday night because of a bruised left ankle.
Crede said he hoped to recover in time for the season opener.
The third baseman injured the ankle on Thursday, when he fouled a ball off his foot against the Arizona Diamondbacks. X-rays taken after the game showed no damage.
"It's still a little swollen, but it's kind of day-to-day right now. I feel good about where we're at right now with the injury, but I'm not real worried about it," Crede said. "It's nothing out of the ordinary."
Crede's injury came two days after he was named the opening day starter at third base for the White Sox, winning a competition against Josh Fields. He was hitting only .179 entering Friday.
"I expect him to be in the opening day lineup. That's why I told him to stay in the clubhouse and continue to do the treatment," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He was a lot better. I was a little scared. He got hit pretty good."
After hitting 30 home runs two seasons ago, Crede played only 47 games last season and hit .217 before having back surgery.
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