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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.