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Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley watches his home run during a the second inning of baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

CUMBERLAND — The Atlanta Braves have recalled Austin Riley from an injury-rehab assignment to start Friday night's game against the Washington Nationals.

Riley has been out since Aug. 5 after spraining his right knee during a routine workout. He was rehabbing at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he batted .263 (10 of 38) with one homer and four RBIs while playing in seven regular-season games and the first two games of an International League playoff series.

After being called up to Atlanta early in the season, Riley got off to a brilliant start — he homered in his second at-bat — but slumped significantly before his injury. He was hitting .242 with 17 homers and 45 RBIs.

Riley was set to play right field and bat seventh against the Nationals.

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