MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins will recall outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester in time for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, as Josh Willingham will be placed on paternity leave to attend the birth of his third child with his wife, Ginger.

Revere was optioned to Triple-A on April 14, when the club claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers from the Tigers. Revere hit .222 in six games with Rochester while seeing time at all three outfield positions.

"He's been playing pretty decent down there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I've been watching him. He's a spark-plug type of guy, so we'll bring him up and stick him out there. We know what Ben can do. He was part of the numbers crunch, but now we can get him up here by necessity and maybe add some speed to the lineup for a day or two."

Willingham could be back in time for Friday's game against the Royals, but there's still a chance he won't make his return until Saturday. He can be on paternity leave for a maximum of three days.

Nishioka on seven-day disabled list in Minors

MINNEAPOLIS -- Triple-A infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle on Tuesday.

Nishioka injured his ankle sliding into third base on a triple on Friday. He was hitting .203 with eight walks in 16 games before the injury.

"Nishi has a high ankle sprain, but I'm not sure how many days [he'll be out]," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So right now, [Brian] Dozier is the main guy in the infield. We'll let him get more at-bats."

Nishioka, 27, was optioned to Triple-A during Spring Training. It came after he struggled last season, hitting just .226 with five doubles in 68 games. He also made 12 errors in the field, including 10 at shortstop and two at second base.

Nishioka is in the second year of a three-year deal worth $9.25 million, but he has been passed up on the depth chart by Dozier, who was the club's Minor League Player of the Year last year.

"He's definitely the top guy down there," Gardenhire said. "There's no doubt about that."

Liriano on board with decision to miss start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Left-hander Francisco Liriano said he's fine with the club's plan to have him skip a start this week to help him get back on track.

Liriano will instead throw two bullpen session under the guidance of pitching coach Rick Anderson before making his next start May 1 in Anaheim against the Angels.

"I'm going to throw a few bullpen [sessions] and see if I can get better," said Liriano, who is 0-3 with an 11.02 ERA in four starts. "I think it's a good idea for me. It gives me a chance to work on a few things I need to work on."

Liriano said he talked about the decision with manager Ron Gardenhire and Anderson during a 45-minute meeting on Monday. The southpaw said he feels fine physically, but added he needs to get a few things in order.

"I think it will help both my mechanics and being able to clear my head a little bit," Liriano said.

Liriano, who allowed five runs in five innings on Sunday against the Rays, has 12 strikeouts and 13 walks in 16 1/3 innings.

Gardenhire impressed with Carroll's defense

MINNEAPOLIS -- Manager Ron Gardenhire continues to be impressed by shortstop Jamey Carroll's defense this season.

Carroll made several difficult plays during Monday's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox, including a diving play that led to a double play on a hard-hit ball from David Ortiz.

"[Carroll's] pretty good," Gardenhire said. "He knows what he's doing. He positions himself well. He knows how to get the outs. It's just what we saw against us all those years. He's solid and always knows where to be."

Carroll, 38, has also yet to take a day off from shortstop this season, but he could be getting a break soon even if Carroll wants to stay in there, according to Gardenhire.

"I'm supposed to give him a day off, but I can't afford it," Gardenhire said. "I talked to him about that how he's played every inning of every game, but he said that he was on the bench until he was 27 years old and that he didn't need the bench anymore because he rested the first half of his career. So he likes to be out there playing."