MINNEAPOLIS -- Ben Revere was officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take the place of Josh Willingham, who was placed on paternity leave, and started in left field against the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Revere, who was optioned to Triple-A on April 14 when the club claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers, said he's not sure if his callup will be a temporary or permanent one. Willingham is expected to return in time for Saturday's game against the Royals.
"They said it would be three days or the rest of the season," Revere said. "It's a big gap. I won't mind that. Just go out there these three days, just get my games in, get my at-bats, anything I can do to help this team win. Hopefully I can stay."
Revere hit .267 with a team-high 34 stolen bases in 117 games last year, but he played only sparingly this season before he was optioned to Triple-A after hitting .182 in just four games.
The 23-year-old said he understood the club's rationale for sending him down to get regular playing time and hopes to contribute regardless how long he remains in the Majors.
"I'm just going to try to be the same player I've always been," Revere said. "I'm going to go up here and play my hardest to help this team win, whether it's hits, walks or plays in the outfield."
Manager Ron Gardenhire said the club hasn't determined how long Revere will be up, but that he feels comfortable playing him in left field in Willingham's absence for the time being.
"We just want him to play," Gardenhire said. "I don't worry about him. We're going to put him out there and let him play with Willy gone."