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Revere 'grinding' through pain in right ankle

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WASHINGTON -- Ben Revere said Saturday that he continues to deal with pain in the right ankle he broke last July after fouling a pitch off himself during a game against the White Sox. He missed the remainder of the 2013 season because of the injury.

"It's discomforting," Revere said. "Some of the swings I do, it'll be hurting. Some plays in the outfield, sometimes getting jumps, diving, the way I play my game, there's definitely some pain there. But it's the type of the deal [where] it's not getting worse, so that's the only thing that's good about it."

The broken ankle required surgery from ankle specialist Steve Raikin, who placed two screws in the outfielder's ankle that have remained in place throughout this season. Revere said the screws are "ready to come out," but he opted to finish the rest of 2014 before undergoing the procedure to remove them.

"I told them I don't want to sit out," Revere said. "I'm just grinding."

The pain Revere is playing with hasn't affected his performance, though, especially recently. The leadoff man admitted the situation is frustrating because he's endured hot and cold streaks throughout the season. But after batting .359 in July, Revere raised his season average above .300 for the first time since April.

"He's just really showing his ability to barrel balls up on the consistent basis," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's peppering the ball up the field. He's really hitting some bullets back at the pitcher. ... He's staying on top of the ball, stinging it. And when he's getting on base like that, he provides a lot at the top of the order."

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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