DETROIT -- With Nick Blackburn hitting the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain suffered in Wednesday night's 11-7 win over the Tigers, the Twins recalled outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester.
Revere has been in and out of the Majors this season, starting the year in with the Twins before being sent down on April 14 when the club claimed Clete Thomas off waivers. Revere was recalled a couple weeks later when Josh Willingham went on paternity leave, but upon Willingham's return, he was optioned down again.
Now Revere is back with Minnesota for the third time, and while he hopes it sticks, the 24-year-old is just looking to make the most out of another opportunity.
"It's just trying to help the team win, no matter what," Revere said. "I've always been a team player. Hopefully I can be the table-setter. Hopefully we can get back on a winning streak ... I'm just trying to help this team win, no matter what."
Revere showed promise last season in 117 games with the Twins. He hit .267 with 30 RBIs, and although the power numbers weren't there -- he had no home runs -- he stole 34 bases.
However, with the signing of Willingham in the offseason, the Twins didn't want the young outfielder serving primarily as a backup, so the club decided Revere would be better used by playing every day in Rochester.
"It's up to the guys in the front office," Revere said. "I'm just going to keep playing my game, no matter what. They told me, 'Keep playing, don't change a thing and just have fun with it.' And I'm going to keep doing that, and hopefully, they'll change their mind. We'll see."
After taking a 4 a.m. flight to Detroit, Revere was inserted right into the starting lineup on Thursday against the Tigers, batting leadoff and playing center field.
"I came straight here, got a Red Bull and I'm ready to go," Revere said.