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Jose Constanza Arrives at Atlanta Braves Camp, May not Make Roster

March 15th, 2013 at 10:51 PM
By Cody Fields

Jose Constanza has finally arrived at Atlanta Braves camp a month after everyone else, and he is in legitimate danger of not making the big league roster.

Constanza didn't receive his visa from the Domincan Republic until last week because of new, stricter policies put in place by the Caribbean nation. He says it took so long because his name was one of the last on the list of Domincan players requesting visas.

"I can only control playing hard and doing well," Constanza said on braves.com, with bullpen coach Eddie Perez interpreting. "I can't control the other stuff."

Jordan Schafer may hold the lead for the fifth outfield spot, partially because he is out of minor league options. Constanza still has options, meaning he wouldn't have to pass through waivers before being sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett.

"We know [Constanza]," Fredi Gonzalez said. "It's not like we've never seen him or laid eyes on him. We know him and know what he can do. We'll get him some at-bats. I don't think he's ready to play nine innings out of the chute. I think the history helps him."

Don't be surprised to see Schafer easily take the last outfield spot on Opening Day. Only seeing a player for two weeks out of six could put Constanza in a huge hole.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jordan Schafer, Jose Constanza, MLB

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