The Atlanta Braves will continue their four-game series against the Washington Nationals Friday night and are adding another right-handed power option to their roster. The Braves announced this afternoon that they have recalled outfielder Austin Riley from Gwinnett.
The #Braves today returned OF Austin Riley from his major league rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the 10-day injured list. Atlanta now has 33 active players.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 6, 2019
Riley has been out since August 5 due to a knee injury that he suffered in a weight room mishap but luckily the injury didn’t require surgery. Riley has played in 12 rehab games between Rome and Gwinnett going 12-for-48 at the plate with three doubles and one home run.
Riley made his major league debut back in May and burst onto the scene hitting .356/.397/.746 with seven home runs over his first 15 games in the majors. However, he was slumping badly at the time of his injury hitting just .156/.214/.266 with 30 strikeouts in 64 at-bats in July.
Riley could find himself in the Atlanta’s lineup Friday night in an effort to stack right-handed hitters against Nationals’ lefty Patrick Corbin. Corbin has allowed a .523 OPS against left-handed hitters and a .668 OPS against righties. Riley has hit .302/.383/.774 with seven home runs in 60 plate appearances against left-handers this season.