Atlanta Braves

Riley's big bat gets him to Atlanta at unfamiliar position


Austin Riley’s booming bat and a hasty position change got him to the big leagues Wednesday.


The Braves summoned him after center fielder Ender Inciarte left Tuesday’s game with a strained lower back.


Riley got a phone call from Gwinnett manager Damon Berryhill late Tuesday night in Buffalo, N.Y., informing him of his promotion.


But he had started four of the Stripers’ previous five games in left field, a clear sign the Braves were intent on expanding his potential avenues for reaching the big leagues.


“I worked on a few things, kind of cut down the strikeouts, (made) more consistent contact and actually brought the walks up a little bit.


Riley, 22, made his big-league debut with about 40 friends and family members from Mississippi in the stands at SunTrust Park.






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