Riley hasn’t appeared in a game since March 11. He had “a bunch of at-bats” in a simulated game recently, Snitker said Sunday, but the plan was for him to return to game action Monday against the Twins at CoolToday Park in North Port, Fla. Instead, he was a sudden scratch.
“I had him in there until today, and then due to an unforeseen circumstance that I can’t really talk about, he’s not going to be able to go today,” Snitker said earlier in the morning. Ultimately, Riley was cleared and took batting practice before the game. It’s obviously a welcomed development for Riley and the Braves that he’s safe and will resume playing soon.