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."
Willingham placed on paternity leave list
MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Willingham's wife, Ginger, gave birth to the couple's third child on Wednesday, a boy named Rogan Jaynes.
Willingham was placed on paternity leave to attend the birth of his son, who weighed in at eight pounds, six ounces. Willingham will be away from the club for three days, as he's expected to return to action on Saturday against the Royals.
"His wife had the baby today and it was a boy, which is a good thing," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Everybody is doing fine. He's with his wife and kids. He has three days."
Rogan was their third son, as they also have Rhett, 5, and Ryder, 2.
Valencia sits; Burroughs starts at third base
MINNEAPOLIS -- Third baseman Danny Valencia, who played in a team-leading 154 games last season, was on the bench for the third time this season in favor of Sean Burroughs on Wednesday.
Valencia has struggled at the plate in the early going, hitting .210 with a homer and seven RBIs in 16 games.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said he's not benching Valencia as punishment for a slow start, as he's actually been fine with Valencia's defense so far this year.
"Danny is doing moving a lot better over and doing a lot better," Gardenhire said. "He's really working hard. Sean knows how to play out there, also. Every time I've put him out there, he's been moving around just fine."
Burroughs hasn't played much this year, as he made just his third start of the season at third base. He entered Wednesday's game hitting .182 in 11 at-bats.