Revere plays; Young stays in left

The rookie is playing right field despite a weak throwing arm.

Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera forced out Ben Revere.

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CLEVELAND - Ben Revere does not throw well. He's worked hard over the years to build arm strength and continues to work on quickly getting rid of the ball to increase his chances of throwing out baserunners. He battles with what he has.

His arm is better suited for left field, while current left fielder Delmon Young and his powerful arm are better suited for right field.

But, for the second time since he was called up last week, Revere started in right on Monday with Young in left. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire doesn't want Young, who entered Monday batting .215 with one homer and four extra-base hits, to deal with bouncing from left field to right field just to accommodate Revere in the lineup. The risk is that opponents will send runners from first to third at every opportunity on balls hit to right.

"Not to mess with Delmon more than anything else,'' Gardenhire said of his reason for leaving Young in left. "He's got his hands full in left, so we'll keep him working out there and not trying to mess with his mind any more. We're trying to get him hitting. I think if you start switching him in the outfield, he's got something else he's got to worry about. So just leave Delmon alone."

Injury updates

Joe Mauer (bilateral leg weakness, right shoulder) continues to get his catching legs under him while on a rehabilitation stint at Class A Fort Myers. He caught five innings Monday for the Miracle, going 0-for-2 in two plate appearances. However, it's just as important for him to get his shoulder strong enough to make throws.

"All reports are that things are starting to improve and he feels better," Twins trainer Dave Pruemer said.

Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was scheduled to play nine innings for Fort Myers as he rounds into playing shape after breaking his left fibula on April 7. He started the game at shortstop.

Lefthander Glen Perkins (strained right oblique) will throw in the bullpen Tuesday and could head out on a minor league rehab stint by the end of the week.

Designated hitter Jim Thome is seeing doctors about his strained left quadriceps and sore hip, but Pruemer said Thome was progressing.

Outfielder Jason Kubel (sprained left foot) has been doing pool workouts and is improving.

Reliever Joe Nathan (strained right flexor tendon) has begun a throwing program but is still a few weeks away.

Valencia sits

Third baseman Danny Valencia had played all 58 games prior to Monday's meeting with the Indians. Gardenhire decided to sit Valencia on Monday in favor of Luke Hughes.

Valencia was 1-for-17 during the four-game series in Kansas City, dropping his batting average to .219.

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• After the game, the Twins optioned righthander Anthony Slama to Class AAA Rochester to make room for lefthander Francisco Liriano, who will be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to start Tuesday's game against Cleveland.

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