Jordan Schafer very well could claim the final bench spot when the Atlanta Braves begin their 2013 season. He's turned out nothing but a strong performance so far, and Jose Constanza is still stuck in the Domincan Republic, making it almost a sure thing at this point.
Schafer walked twice, doubled and stole a base Tuesday in the Braves' win over the New York Yankees. That rose his average to .318 and on-base percentage to an even .400.
“I tell you what, this is what he can do,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told ajc.com. “He’s our version of (Yankees center fielder Brett) Gardner. He can really help us. He can play all three outfield positions and can really, really run.”
What may help Schafer the most is the fact that Constanza's visa issues in the Domincan Republic have still not been cleared up nearly three weeks into Spring Training. Add that to the fact that he is out of minor league options, meaning he would have to clear waivers before being sent down, and his case is nearly ironclad.
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