Twins call up outfielder Ben Revere from Class-AA New Britain
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Manager Ron Gardenhire has been dropping hints for two weeks.
On Saturday, he finally got his wish.
The Minnesota Twins have selected the contract of 22-year-old outfielder Ben Revere from Class-AA New Britain. A corresponding 40-man roster move will be announced prior to Sunday's series finale against Texas.
Update: To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated RHP Matt Fox for assignment. Fox threw 5 2/3 innings on Friday night in his major league debut, allowing only two earned runs.
Revere, who was selected with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2007 draft, is hitting .305/.371/.363 with 36 stolen bases, 32 walks and just 41 strikeouts in 406 plate appearances for the Rock Cats. He was scratched from New Britain's lineup on Saturday night.
Earlier this summer, Revere suffered an orbital bone fracture after getting hit by a 95-mph fastball. He missed a month with the injury, but returned on August 27. Since then, Revere has 13 hits in 34 at bats (.382).
Gardenhire said Revere will "come in off the bench, fifth outfielder, baserunning, all of the above. Maybe get some swings too."
Gardenhire added that Revere is "probably more comfortable out in left field than he would be anywhere else," but that he is capable of playing all three outfield positions.
Regarding the orbital fracture, Revere seems to have bounced back much more quickly than most people originally thought.
"We haven't been able to follow as closely up here, where you keep getting updates on him," Gardenhire said. "(But) he's doing great. He's swinging good, feeling good, not showing any signs of anything at the plate. He's been swinging good."
Revere is expected to be in uniform for Sunday's game. He will wear number 37.