By Sam Bush
Ben Revere has become Ryne Sandberg’s movable man.
Revere finished last season in center field, started this season in left field and moved to right field Tuesday before he doubled three times and singled once in Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.
Revere, whose three extra-base hits were a career-high, is hitting .375 (18-for-48) with four doubles, one triple, five RBIs and a .912 OPS in his last 12 games.
“April, I kept saying I’m going to keep hitting the ball hard and sooner or later the balls are going to fall,” said Revere, who was hitting .172 through April 24.
“Luckily, I’ve been finding the holes. Keep battling. Baseball is a mental game. A lot of stuff can go through your head when you’re struggling, but good players get through the struggles and come over the top and find a way to get back on top.”Revere doubled and scored in the third inning to tie the game, 1-1. He doubled with two outs in the fifth. He doubled to score Cesar Hernandez in the sixth to cut Atlanta’s lead to 6-4.
“He’s peppering the ball all over the field,” Phillies manager Sandberg said. “He’s added a little pop with some doubles. I think he’s just squaring the ball up better and finding holes, a lot of confidence.”
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Revere.
He moved to right this week to give Darin Ruf more opportunities to play. But Revere could see more time there in the future, especially if Triple-A third baseman Maikel Franco continues to hit.
Franco could be promoted in the next few weeks. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week that if and when Franco’s promotion happens he expects him to play nearly every day. Franco can play first base, but his best position is third and he is expected to see the majority of his time there.The Phillies already have asked Cody Asche to start practicing in left field to keep him in the lineup.
So if those things happen and Domonic Brown rejoins the Phillies, how will everybody fit?
Time will tell, but if Revere keeps hitting the way he is he seems likely to fit somewhere.
“As long I’m in the lineup it really doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “It started in high school. Minor Leagues, same deal. I wanted to play everywhere because in the long run if I had to play a different position I didn’t want to go over there and not like it, and then it becomes a mind game in the clubhouse. I didn’t want to do that.”