ST. PETERSBURG - APRIL 20: Outfielder Josh Willingham #16 of the Minnesota Twins fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on April 20, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Twins placed LF Josh Willingham on paternity leave, while recalling OF Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester.
Revere was optioned to Triple-A on April 14, when the club claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers. Revere hit .222 in six games with Rochester while seeing time at all three outfield positions.
Willingham could return in time for Friday’s game against the Royals, but there’s still a chance he won’t make his return until Saturday. He can be on paternity leave for a maximum of three days.
In the Twins first 17 games, Willingham is batting .311 with five home runs and 12 RBI. Minnesota is currently 4th place in the Central Division with a 5-12 record on the season. The Twins play the Boston Red Sox Tuesday and Wednesday night before an off day Thursday.