CHICAGO -- Joe Crede's return from the disabled list might be somewhat closer than recently imagined.
The All-Star third baseman will resume his injury rehab assignment with the Triple-A Knights in Charlotte on Tuesday against Indianapolis, according to a report on the White Sox flagship radio station.
Crede was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 22, with back lumbar inflammation. He took part in one previous rehab game with Charlotte on Aug. 1, finishing 0-for-3. He then was scratched from the lineup on Aug. 2 and has been inactive and basically out of sight ever since.
With Crede's prolonged down time, Ozzie Guillen stated Monday that he doesn't even have Crede on his mind when he comes to the ballpark every day. In fact, if or when Crede were to return, the White Sox manager admitted Crede wouldn't necessarily be starting.
"He wouldn't play," Guillen said. "Yes, [Juan Uribe's been that good]. I'm not going to play Joe just because he's Joe Crede. I'm going to play the guys out there that do their jobs.
"And I think Uribe's doing a tremendous job right now, playing third base and at the plate. Joe's got to go to the Minor Leagues and give me good at-bats."
Guillen added that Uribe's current defense at third was as good as Crede's Gold Glove-caliber infield performance. Uribe made two barehanded plays for outs against the Mariners on Monday.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.