To make room for newly-acquired outfielder Clete Thomas, who was claimed by the Twins on waivers this weekend, Minnesota optioned its 23-year-old speedster Ben Revere to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.
With Thomas assuming the role of the team's No. 4 outfielder going forward, Revere became expendable in a crowded battle for time at the position. Twins GM Terry Ryan spoke highly of Revere's game and potential, but acknowledged that it didn't benefit his player's growth to play sparingly. "We saw a good player, no doubt, but it's also part of the equation that you can't let a guy like Revere sit on the bench," Ryan said.
Revere took the news well enough, knowing that he still has plenty of opportunities to get back to the bigs in the coming weeks. "I won't be down there on the bench," Revere said after hearing the news. "So it's fine with me."