CINCINNATI — Ben Revere's mother was getting worried.
"She's always looking at those blogs and stuff, and she was getting all nervous," the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder said Tuesday. "Some of my buddies, too."
After all, those "blogs and stuff" were reporting/speculating/throwing out for public consumption that the former Lexington Catholic star, coming off back-to-back seasons of hitting over .300, was on the dreaded trading block.
"Whatever happens, happens," Revere said Wednesday morning inside the Philadelphia clubhouse before the Phillies played the Reds in the finale of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park. "I'm in Philly now, and we're in a rebuilding phase, so you never know."
Yes, you never know. After Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Reds, the Phillies are 22-39, last in the National League East by a healthy margin.
And with converted third baseman Cody Asche making the transition to left field, Philadelphia has a surplus of outfielders and more pressing needs in other areas.
"I know this is a business," Revere said, "and I'm in the business phase."
His main business is getting hits. Since his starring days at Lexington Catholic, Revere has been known as a singles hitter with terrific speed and a positive attitude.
A first-round pick, No. 28 overall, by the Minnesota Twins, Revere made his major league debut in 2010 at the age of 22 and played 254 games with the Twins before being shipped to the Phillies at the end of the 2012 season.
"First time was a shocker," Revere said. "I wasn't expecting that."
Once he adjusted to National League pitching, Revere took off, batting .305 and contending for the batting title in 2013 before breaking his foot in July. He followed that by hitting .306 last year after hitting .359, .311 and .299 the final three months of the season.
"Revere sets the story for that offense," Reds Manager Bryan Price said Wednesday. "If you've got to deal with Revere on the bases in a close game, the game can and will speed up for a pitcher."
Still recovering from ankle surgery, the 27-year-old got off to a slow start this season, hitting just .215 in April.
He's been on the climb since, hitting .286 in May and now .333 for June. His two hits Wednesday left Revere 12-for-31 (.387) over his past eight games. His average for the season has jumped to .270.
"It's crazy. Sometimes when you have surgery again, you've got to find your groove, your swing," said Revere. "This April was probably the first time in my professional career where I hit the ball really hard that were a bunch of line drives into outs. May came, I was hitting pretty good. Now June, I'm finding some hits."
He has found himself without a regular position, however. Asche is considered among the organization's top prospects. Maikel Franco is entrenched at third base. So after a minor league stint to learn the position, Asche is playing left. Revere is rotating between there and right.
"I was lucky with the Twins and even going back to my Lexington Catholic days, played left field and maybe some right," he said. "In the minor leagues, I played all three. It's good for your career that you know you can play all three positions."
It also makes Revere more marketable. Two weeks ago, there were reports he was headed to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a deal. That didn't happen. Not yet, anyway.
"Come July (and the trading deadline) and I'm hitting pretty good, someone might say, 'You know what, we need this guy,'" Revere said. "A month from now or a month and a half from now, I could be somewhere else."
Given the Phillies' present state, that might not be all bad.
"People ask me if it's nerve-wracking, and sometimes it is," he said. "But sometimes you're going to a better situation, so it's for the best. You never know in baseball."