The #Braves today recalled RHP Jeremy Walker from Triple-A Gwinnett, and placed OF Austin Riley on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to August 5) with a right knee sprain.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 8, 2019
Riley will hit the shelf in the midst of a rookie season where he has accumulated 0.8 fWAR in 255 PAs with a 98 wRC+. His timeline for returning is uncertain, but he’ll be eligible to return in a week given the backdating of his placement on the official shelf.
Jeremy Walker made his major league debut a couple of weeks ago and appeared in three games for the big-league Braves. His first two outings were great, both 1-2-3 innings, but his final appearance was a bit of a mess, as he issued three walks in the same frame, though kept the Nationals off the board in the end. Since his demotion, he’s only made one appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett, where he allowed two runs in two innings on a walk and a homer.
The Braves’ bullpen was heavily used in its most recent series in Minnesota, as Jerry Blevins was the only reliever to avoid usage over those three games, and every other hurler but Shane Greene (11 pitches) threw 20 pitches or more. Walker gives the Braves a relatively fresh option, which may be a necessity given that Josh Tomlin threw 31 pitches while recording just two outs in a hideous ninth inning yesterday afternoon.
The Braves start a four-game set with the Marlins on Thursday night. Stay tuned.