KANSAS CITY -- Joe Crede made an appearance in the White Sox clubhouse prior to Sunday's series finale with the Royals, looking upbeat as he mingled with his coaches, teammates and the White Sox training staff, after traveling from his home in Westphalia, Mo.

But after talking with Crede, manager Ozzie Guillen didn't change his stance in regard to the likelihood of having his All-Star third baseman back in action for this next week of the regular season or the playoffs.

"I don't think Joe will be back this year," the White Sox skipper said. "He could be back, but not be playing. That's my opinion.

"It's going to be hard for him to come back and do it. From what he told me, we can't count on him this season."

Crede, who declined to talk with the media through a White Sox media relations representative, was examined by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas on Friday as a second opinion for his recurring back problem. The inflammation remains present in Crede's back.

His last game played came on Sept. 2 at Progressive Field. Crede exited early from that contest against the Indians due to these back issues.