Ben Revere went 0 for 4 with a walk, Reached on Error (ROE) and two runs scored in last night's 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres.
On the year, the 28-year-old outfielder, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays this winter, has a .207/.256/.276 line with three doubles, two triples, a home run and six stolen bases in nine attempts.
An oblique injury suffered on Opening Day set the seven-year veteran back, but he's shown signs of life at the plate in the month of June, with a .286/.333/.306 line over 12 games and 54 plate appearances.
With things picking up, Nats' skipper Dusty Baker was asked last night if Revere's demeanor and presence in the clubhouse has changed.
"It's harder to have a great demeanor when you're not playing and when you're scuffling," Baker said. "And how many times can guys tell you, 'Hang with'em,' 'You'll be okay,' and then he was hitting the ball hard there for a while and not getting much to show for it and so, you can come into the clubhouse or on the field and tell who's hitting or who's not.
"The mark of a real pro is when you come in you can't tell if he was 0 for 4 or 4 for 4. This is how Ben's demeanor is pretty much the same. He knows -- he's hit .300 a number of times and he knows he's going to hit .300 again."
Baker was asked if Revere's up-to-speed after missing over a month at the start of the season.
"Hmmm..." he pondered. "Almost. Not quite. Because when you miss the first month, that's big as far as the opposition -- the first month in general, if a guy is getting his breaking ball and offspeed pitches over, then you're out.
"And it usually takes that long because of Spring Training -- that's why fastball hitters generally hit well in Spring Training, or kids.
"I just told Ben, I said, 'You're working from a month behind, so it's going to take you almost, probably double that amount of time until you feel that you're caught up.' So it's approaching that time in the next couple weeks."
Revere is out of the lineup tonight, with Michael A. Taylor leading off against the Padres. Taylor's been on a bit of run too, with hits in seven of his last nine games and a .357/.379/.464 line so far in 29 PAs in June.
Here's the Nationals' lineup for tonight's game... which starts at 10:40 PM EDT...