Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Revere returns to starting lineup

Ben Revere lost 10 pounds after battling a bad batch of spinach last week. But he was back in the lineup on Thursday, when he felt his energy and strength back for the first time in a week.

Revere returns to starting lineup

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere. (Michael Perez/AP)
Phillies center fielder Ben Revere. (Michael Perez/AP)

Ben Revere wasn’t the latest victim of Shake Shack, like his manager Ryne Sandberg the weekend before.

Revere said the culprit of his diminished energy and 10-pound weight loss last weekend was a bad batch of spinach. He showed up to the ballpark last Friday and immediately got sick.

On Saturday, he tried to eat soup, and later, bread, but was unable to keep anything down.

“They had to keep me out of the clubhouse,” Revere said, “so no one else would catch it.”

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On Thursday morning, Revere said he finally felt back to his normal strength level while taking pre game batting practice in the indoor cage next to the the visiting clubhouse at Marlins Park. His name was also back in the starting lineup for the first time in over a week.

Revere sat out the entire weekend series at home against the Cincinnati Reds and was limited to one at-bat in the first two games in Miami.

“The ball I hit yesterday was probably the hardest ball I’d hit in a while,” Revere said of a flyout to center in a pinch-hitting appearance on Wednesday, his first at-bat in a week. “I finally feel like I’m getting my energy back.”

Revere’s return to the lineup in Thursday’s matinee in Miami came in a somewhat unfamiliar spot: he was slotted eighth in Sandberg’s lineup. It was the lowest Revere has hit in the order since batting 7th on July 3 last year, but not the lowest he’s hit with the Phillies - Revere batted ninth for two games last May in Cleveland.

Revere hit from the leadoff position in his first 30 starts this season, but Jimmy Rollins has taken off since moving into the lineup’s top spot. Rollins entered Thursday hitting .333 with two home runs, a double and four walks in the last five games as the leadoff man.

Revere, meanwhile, is hitting .190 (8-for-42) with a .209 OBP in 13 games this month after hitting .299/.313 in 24 games in April.

“I’m trying to get my rhythm going again,” Revere said after pre game BP. “I was kind of struggling a little bit, but I just have to make sure I put the ball in play, eventually I’ll start finding those holes. It’s good to get some at-bats, get out there and try to help my team win.”


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