Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/25/12
MINNEAPOLIS Outfielder Ben Revere is back with the Minnesota Twins. The question now is: for how long? Revere was recalled from Triple-A Rochester after Tuesday's game to take the place of outfielder Josh Willingham, who is gone on paternity leave after his wife, Ginger, gave birth to their third son on Wednesday (according to the Twins' PR staff, Rogan Jaynes Willingham was born Wednesday afternoon). With Willingham gone to be with his family, Revere stepped into his spot in left field for Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. When Willingham comes back either Friday or Saturday players can take up to three days on paternity leave what will happen to Revere? "They said it'll be three days or the rest of the year, supposedly," Revere said of his recent call-up. "Just go out there these three days, get my games in and get my at-bats. Anything I can do to help this team win, hopefully I can stay."Revere was slotted into the No. 8 spot in the Twins' lineup Wednesday. As Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday, most young players would sulk or hang their heads after being demoted. But the 23-year-old Revere seemed to embrace the opportunity."I was actually happy to get a chance to play a little bit more," said Revere, who had just 11 at-bats in four games before his demotion. "I got a little bored on the bench. I could tell I was annoying some of the coaches. I was up, moving around, crazy. But just getting a chance to go down there and get some at-bats and some playing time helped my body get in shape, get my timing down and everything, my rhythm."In six games with Rochester after being sent down, Revere batted just .222 (6-for-27) but he'll bring speed and a good glove to the outfield. He's also capable of picking up a few steals if he gets on base, like he did last season when he set a Twins rookie record with 34 stolen bases. "He's already been here this year. You just get out there and play. I don't worry about Ben," Gardenhire said. "Ben's going to go out there and play a little left field and hopefully run around a little bit and maybe excite us a little bit and help us get a win."But with the Twins currently 5-13 and on a four-game losing streak, Revere knows he's not the cure-all for what ails Minnesota."One person can't really win a game for a whole club. It takes the whole team to do it," he said. "Anything I can do, I'll go 110 percent. Anything I can do, make that diving play or get that routine run in or anything, that's the type of player I've always been and I always will be. You've got to just keep fighting. I know we're kind of struggling right now and everything, but we've got so many games left."Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
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