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Austin Riley headed to injured list with knee issue

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Braves outfielder Austin Riley will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to an injured knee ligament, The Athletic’s David O’Brien reports. Riley apparently suffered the injury warming up in the weight room before Tuesday’s game against the Twins.

Riley, 22, burst onto the scene, hitting seven home runs, knocking in 20 runs, and posting a 1.143 OPS in his first 15 games after debuting in May. He’s fallen back to earth since then, currently holding an overall batting line of .242/.294/.504 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI in 255 plate appearances.

The Braves had been using Adam Duvall in left field since he joined the club in late July from Triple-A Gwinnett. Duvall figures to become a fixture in left field for the foreseeable future.

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, playoff expansion to MLB

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.

If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.

Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.