The Braves have been wrecked by injuries over the last month, losing Nick Markakis, Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley and Ender Inciarte in the blink of an eye. While Markakis is still a few weeks away from returning and Inciarte is expected to miss at least a month with a hamstring strain, the Braves did get encouraging news on Swanson and Riley on Saturday afternoon.
Swanson, who was seen working out prior to Friday’s game, took infield practice on Saturday and is “amping up” his activities. The young shortstop has not played since July 23 as he attempts to overcome a nagging heel injury.
Riley, who has missed time with a partially torn LCL suffered while lifting weights, is also progressing and ran without discomfort today.
According to MLB’s Mark Bowman, it’s possible both players are activated by the end of August.
Swanson has increased on-field activities today. He just finished taking a round a of grounders at short. Riley ran without any discomfort today. Both could be activated before the end of this month.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 17, 2019
This is obviously good news for the Braves, who have done their best to overcome the sudden onslaught of injuries but have seen their division lead shrink to 4.5 games in the East over the last few weeks.