Braves prospect Riley to debut; Inciarte to IL

Braves prospect Riley to debut; Inciarte to IL

Atlanta Braves prospect Austin Riley has been promoted from the minors and will make his major league debut Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Braves selected Riley’s contract from Triple-A Gwinnett as part of a series of roster moves Wednesday.

Atlanta also placed center fielder Ender Inciarte on the 10-day IL with a lumbar strain, recalled right-hander Touki Toussaint from Gwinnett and designated left-hander Jesse Biddle for assignment.

Riley, recently rated as baseball’s No. 87 overall prospect by ESPN’s Keith Law, will be the latest high-end prospect to join the Braves’ major league club in recent seasons. He has 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in 37 games at Gwinnett this season.

Riley primarily is a third baseman but, with Josh Donaldson manning third base for Atlanta, has been shifted to the outfield in recent games at Gwinnett.

The Braves will start Riley in left field Wednesday and bat him sixth in the lineup.

The 22-year-old Riley is one of four players in Atlanta’s starting lineup Wednesday age 22 or younger, joining center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (21), second baseman Ozzie Albies (22) and starting pitcher Mike Soroka (21).

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