Braves recall Constanza from Triple-A

MIAMI – While wait to see if Matt Diaz will require potentially season-ending thumb surgery, the Braves recalled outfielder Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday for his second stint with the major league team this year.

Right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro, who has a 5.40 ERA in 12 appearances, was optioned to Triple-A to open a roster spot.

Constanza hit .324 with a .386 on-base percentage and 11 stolen bases in 71 games at Gwinnett, and had a 22-game hitting streak snapped last week.

“He was swinging it pretty good down there,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He gives us a chance to defend, if we want to, late in the game. Say you don’t want to run [Eric] Hinske out there [in the outfield]. He can pinch-run off the bench.”

The Braves could’ve used a right-handed bat to fill in for Diaz, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. But they didn’t have any other outfielders on the 40-man roster at Gwinnett who fit the bill or were doing as well as Constanza, who had a .388 average and .446 on-base percentage in 17 July games at Gwinnett.

First baseman Ernesto Mejia, a right-handed hitter, had a .307 average, .366 OBP and 21 homers at Gwinnett, but wasn’t on the 40-man roster.

Since the Braves aren’t sure yet whether Diaz will be able to avoid surgery for the “foreign bodies” causing swelling in his thumb, they didn’t want to make a 40-man roster move. Also, Constanza can play all three outfield positions, and the Braves can use him to fill in while they monitor Diaz and consider outfield trade possibilities before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

“He’s a 40-man roster guy, but I think he’s earned that chance to be called up,” Gonzalez said of Constanza. “Plus, we know him.”

Constanza hit .303 with a .339 OBP and seven steals in 42 games (119 plate appearances) for the Braves last season in his first major league callup at age 27.

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MyThoughts

July 23rd, 2012
7:39 pm

BravesfaninWis

July 23rd, 2012
7:47 pm

Mike Minor f’n sucks. He has the dude down 0-2 then goes to a full count, then does what this pitching staff does the best, gave up a homerun. I truly hope that when the season is done, that Jurrjens and Minor are done with the Braves as well. I am so sick of watching this pathetic, make due pitching the Braves put out there. Sick of looking at these losers, sick of hearing their names, sick of having to watch them pitch every 5 days, just sick of them period. Wish we still had Beachy and both Jurrjens and Minor were out with Tommy John surgery.

iTiSi

July 23rd, 2012
7:48 pm

Bout durn time!

BravesfaninWis

July 23rd, 2012
7:53 pm

Did Wren really get Janish just for defense? So the SS that you had was doing great offensively and defensively, and yet you trade for this guy who swings a bat worse than a pitcher? Those are the types of moves that have fans scratching their heads, and explaining why you have a drop in production, and a less chance of making the playoffs. I would rather have Simmons with a broken finger than this bum Janish. Good grief, the Braves drop the ball on damn near every deal they make as of late.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

July 23rd, 2012
7:56 pm

calling up constanza is a month over due. too bad he can’t play SS.

cut Jack Wilson and Hinske.

shawn

July 23rd, 2012
7:58 pm

I hope that Bravo trade Minor instead of Delgado….Minor is not as smart as he is advertised…As “BravesfaninWis ” mentioned, how can you possibly be ahead 0-2 on the count and give up a homerun…He is not close to be similar to Tom Glavine as Tommy had higher IQ than Minor…

Mike from the coast

July 23rd, 2012
7:59 pm

Braves fan in Wisconsin. How can you wish serious injuries on ballplayers. That is just wrong. And the Braves have won 10 or their last 14. Lighten up. Our future looks great. Yes the pitching isn’t where we want it to be. But we’re still in the race. You need to look at the glass half full at least once in a while.

BravesfaninWis

July 23rd, 2012
8:00 pm

See that stat they just put on the screen? The Braves are 14th in the NL in starting pitching era. They have the 2nd fewest quality starts, and have over a 6 era in their last how many games. Is it any wonder the fans bash this team? Imagine where they would be if they had better production from each of their starters? They would be leading the division by a few games instead of being 3.5 games back. If there is a way for a team to choke, the Braves will find that way. Pretty sad considering the Braves have been known for so many years as a pitching rich team, and now they are a joke.

Tampa Gator

July 23rd, 2012
8:06 pm

@BravesFaninWis…..(and his 14 million multiple posting personalities)

BravesFaninWis f’n sucks. He is on here 24/7 and never stops being negative, then does what he does best, gave up another negative comment. I truly hope that when the season is done, that BravesFaninWis and his 14 million posting personalities are done with the Braves as well. I am so sick of reading this pathetic, make due posting negative comments, one after another, that he repeatedly puts out there. Sick of reading this losers posts about the Braves, sick of see his 14 million posting names, sick of having to read his negative comments every 5 days, just sick of all his negativity period. Wish he would be out for the year will gall bladder surgery. Just sick of him and all his negativity.

Columbus

July 23rd, 2012
8:06 pm

GREAT to see Constanza in the dugout. Hope Minor settles down the rest of the way and the Braves win 5-2. I think part of the reason teams have been getting ahead of the braves early is that they see it ias a 6 inning game due to the Braves bullpen and they ir strategy is to get runs early and the braves are not as intense early on, at the plate and certainly not on the mound by the starters….

Braves need to be FIRED UP early, particularly the starting pitches, because the other teams are looking to not only score, but win the game early…and the Braves are constantly facing an uphill battle….

Tampa Gator

July 23rd, 2012
8:10 pm

…..oh….and he talks to himself through his multiple personalties all night long….all week long….all month long….all season long. Just sick of it. I think I will avoid reading Braves sites in the future unless BravesFaninWis and his multiple posting personalities don’t all come down with cancer or something…..they can do Tommy John Surgery to fix that can they?

BravesfaninWis

July 23rd, 2012
8:11 pm

Not wishing injury on them dude. Read the f’n statement. If its anyone on the team that had to be down with a injury, why can’t it be 2 of the biggest reasons why the Braves have a pathetic pitching staff instead of a bright spot like Beachy.

Besides, if that is the only way to get them the hell out of this rotation, then so be it. Look, he just gave up a leadoff double. So now the Braves can get embarrassed by the lowly Marlins. I mean it would just go against everything to actually beat a team that is 10 games under .500 and who is trading away their better players and have the others out due to injury. How can the Braves compete for a division title and playoff birth when they can’t even beat the Marlins? Case in point.

Glenn

July 23rd, 2012
8:14 pm

I have lost all interest in watching this team. As I said earlier in the year, there is a flaw in this team. They are the most inconsistant group I have ever watched. They can be the best 1 day, Then for the next 2 or 3 they look totally lifeless.

Tampa Gator

July 23rd, 2012
8:15 pm

…..yes….you implied you wish they had the injury that Beachy has. That is wishing injury to them. But that is typical of how you messed up brain works. You are one sick dude. Get a f’n like….and I never use language like that….but I reserved it for you. Go crawl back into the roach hole…in the dark….and don’t come out again. Jez.

Tampa Gator

July 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

For the record…..the real…..TAMPAGATOR….is signing out. I need some fresh air.

BravesfaninWis

July 23rd, 2012
8:21 pm

What a surprise, Tampa Gator mentions me only. Told you he has a fetish with me. Told you dude, I don’t swing from that side of the plate. Instead of still claiming that I post under different names, I challenge your stupid ass to ask DOB right on these blogs. He can track to see if the same computer posts as different names.

I wish someone like yourself would have the balls to say something in person, because I would slap you right upside your stupid head. Do everyone a favor and don’t post here, from the looks of it, the people here that try to voice their opinions and have your stupid ass calling them out every night would appreciate you leaving. If you don’t like the negative comments, don’t read them. Just like guys like myself don’t comment on every homer’s remark, that being you.

BravesfaninWis

July 23rd, 2012
8:24 pm

The air getting stale under the covers with your boyfriend Tampa Gator

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 23rd, 2012
8:35 pm

wow, 1 hit & 9 strikeouts so far for our offense….another amazing monday for the braves!!!!!

BravesfaninWis

July 23rd, 2012
8:44 pm

Also Tampa Tuna, you have no room to talk. Last time I checked, wishing Cancer on someone is much, much worse than saying if anyone had to have Tommy John surgery that I wish it were bums like Jurrgens and Minor versus a bright spot like Beachy.

Last time I checked, Tommy John surgery never killed anyone, cancer has taken many lives each and every day. I have had several family members die of cancer, have you?

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 23rd, 2012
9:03 pm

Mlb is now reporting that Garza is being liked wirh the Braves ..either in addition to Dempster or a substitute for him…i would deal delgado and Minor for both of them!

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 23rd, 2012
9:04 pm

Anyone teams want Uggla?

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 23rd, 2012
9:05 pm

If we package Uggla and Fredi what could we get in return…hmmm

Shea Jones

July 23rd, 2012
9:15 pm

Uggla sure puts up some nice at bats.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 23rd, 2012
9:22 pm

Well if inget a power outage here i wont have to watch this pathetic offense anymore tonite

Bud Selig secretary

July 23rd, 2012
9:23 pm

mlb announces the bum player of the week Dan uggla of the Braves. 29 strikeouts 1 base hit and .023 batting average for the week. Dan gets a 1 pound bag of rotten shrimp for this honor.

Former umpire

July 23rd, 2012
9:43 pm

a pos call at first on heyward. Come on blue earn your pay.

alanfalcon

July 23rd, 2012
10:07 pm

This evenings blog has some real dumb arses, if they can’t see the progress that Minor is making and even fathom the thought that Delgado is better, just shows what they don’t know about the game !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This fan base

July 23rd, 2012
10:34 pm

You guys would’ve blogged, in 1989-1990, for the Braves to trade Glavine. Pitching takes time.
Hanson? Maybe give up on him, he is the same now as when in AAA ball, inconsistent. Minor, Delgado, Tehran and the other kid that is out for the year with John surgery, not to mention Beachy, our other T John patient, have the Bravos on the verge of another ‘young guns’ rotation.

Hammond

July 23rd, 2012
10:38 pm

BravesfaninWis has no idea which end of the bat to hold my guess he has never played the game in his life do what I do pass over his posts

lee maye

July 23rd, 2012
11:35 pm

Now, Garza would be worth the trade for Delgado because Garza is not a 2 month rental. He is signed for 2013 so this would be a better deal for us. The Dodgers turned down their best minor league pitcher for Garza though. Cubs might go for Delgado and a young prospect for Garza.

Not a pitching coach

July 24th, 2012
4:06 am

@bravesfaninwis: It is my semi-professional opinion, after several years of tending bar, that you sir, need some professional help.

Beltran's Ear mole

July 24th, 2012
6:47 am

DOB, can you please find out what the deal is with Constanza and his wrist. I heard Joe say last year that Jose had a knot on his wrist that prevented him form switch hitting as he had done before. They surmised last year that since he had made the team (at the time) the Braves may actually have the wrist fixed last off season.

be nice if he switch hit.

What’s the deal?

Mike from the coast

July 24th, 2012
8:07 am

I don’t want to trade Delgado. He is part of the future. I say let the chips fall where they may this year. This team is about the future. And I believe Delgado has tremendous upside. Take Lowe’s 10 million we are paying this year, Chipper’s 14 million, and get us a good right handed bat and re-sign Bourne and we are going to be tough for years to come.

Ran Man

July 24th, 2012
8:28 am

This was a no-brainer move A MONTH ago. It’s about time…

David O'Brien

July 24th, 2012
8:50 am

DOB, can you please find out what the deal is with Constanza and his wrist. I heard Joe say last year that Jose had a knot on his wrist that prevented him form switch hitting as he had done before. They surmised last year that since he had made the team (at the time) the Braves may actually have the wrist fixed last off season. — Beltran’s Ear mole

It was not his wrist, it was a broken finger on right hand that healed rather grotesquely (it’s crooked with a big lump at joint). Makes it hard for him to grip bat right-handed. He didn’t get it fixed during offseason, but expects to next offseason.

old scout

July 24th, 2012
8:51 am

Why is Constanza on your roster if you have to pinch hit for him with another AAA player, Pastornicky? You have to be pretty bad to be pinch hit for by a guy like that. Actually, neither one of them is a major league hitter. As to the question of why the Braves always lose on Monday, and have a bad Sunday record, too, someone should take a look at what they are doing on Saturday night and Sunday away from the ballpark.

HAL

July 24th, 2012
9:13 am

that heyworthless is sure a super star number three hitter if what ya want out of the 3 hole is nice n ezzy 6-43 double plays my new nic name for him is 643 heyworthless

Martin Jacobson

July 24th, 2012
9:27 am

To all you “fans” complaining about Minor and our other young pitchers, just remember what Tommy Glavine was like his first year, and Smoltzy. He seems to be progressing and having quality starts of late. Personally, part of the fun of being a fan is watching young guys develop. Also, the Braves ownership has a budget and bottom line which precludes us from being like the Yankees who can afford to fill every spot with productive guys. If the Braves make you so sick why not watch someone else?

gp3

July 24th, 2012
9:35 am

cut jack wilson, cut hinske, put diaz on dl….call up constanza (check), call up mejia…sit uggla or trade him…sign hunter pence

DWIGHT

July 24th, 2012
9:42 am

You need to keep your arse and big mouth in wis. You little punk. Hideing behind a computer.

DWIGHT

July 24th, 2012
9:56 am

Martin Jacobson, I’m not a baseball person, but it seems like you are theonly one posting here that knows what he is talking about. Bless your heart.

rme

July 24th, 2012
10:18 am

to BravesfaninWis….If you hate theBraves and everything they are about…why are you here dropping messages one right after another. Just leave!! Noone cares.

frank huff

July 24th, 2012
11:08 am

If only the Braves could be a rabid as some fans posting here. Some of the recent team moves baffle me. Maybe Todd R would never make it, but Jarvish? Can’t see giving up Delgado for Dempster, especially for likely rest of season only. Anyone remember what the Tigers gave Atlanta for Doyle A? John S! And how John has begun to shine in commentary to major league games after pitching so well for the Braves.

Delgado is still so young for a pitcher. Think the real problem is with the manager Fredi G. He didn’t do well with his pitching in Miami, and his comment about Constanza, “We know him.” What a lousy comment of recommendation. He knows Jack Wilson too but he can’t help Atlanta and probably not Hinske either. Both have helped teams in the past–in the past, not now.

Stewing in retirement in south Florida, an old cracker

jt

July 24th, 2012
11:15 am

Great, Constanza, just what we needed another left handed hitter!!!

eh

July 24th, 2012
11:22 am

fire fredi, wren, trade uggla, jj, minor please.

John A.

July 24th, 2012
12:24 pm

The callup of Constanza will be fine as long as Fabulous Fredi doesn’t let him rot on the bench.

Scoop

July 24th, 2012
12:28 pm

Also, It gives us a chance to bench Uggla and play Chipper. Uggla is a hole in our lineup. I would sit him for a week, play Prado at 2nd.

John A.

July 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

BravesfaninWis…..keep watching and paying attention……Frank Wren is not the brighest crayon in the box….he will continue to pull bonehead trades and moves. For the record….Fredi is one of his accomplishments, along with Janish, Durbin, Uggla….need I say more?

tmc

July 24th, 2012
1:54 pm

at what point do we start holding someone responsible for not have anyone in Gwinnett “who fits the bill.”?

It’s not like we’ve had many people come through the organization feeding the Big club. Heyward and Freeman and that’s been it for several years.

Come on Braves people! pay attention to you farm clubs and have some help available when needed.

Summer of George

July 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

Way to go Georgie, he’s baaaaack!….the missing piece of the puzzle….hehe

Beltrans right ear mole

July 24th, 2012
3:46 pm

DOB. Thanks for the reply. Have to wonder though, why not last year? Winter ball interrupt it? Seems like it something that would make him better all around. Ozzie got a kick out of whatever Jose said to him when Ozzie pulled the righty for a lefty when Jose was announced as pinch hitter.

thanks again…

Denny LeMaster

July 24th, 2012
3:55 pm

Of all the stupid deals that Wren has done all these years, the $62 million hole in the ground called Dan Uggla is the worst. Never saw a more stupid deal for a life time wothless hitter.

Hoppyspond

July 24th, 2012
4:57 pm

Has anyone on the management team thought that maybe Uggla just needs his eyes examined ?

Did wonders for for Freeman !

JPnATL

July 24th, 2012
5:17 pm

HaHaHa….I love a good blog war of words, like a good cat fight with lots of hair pulling and purse swinging….Haha….
To all you negative people: God bless our country, freedom of thought, and you people keep on being haters.
To the cheerleaders, same thing but without the hate.
To the rest of you: these people are the real reason you read this stuff…

Martin Jacobson

July 25th, 2012
7:51 am

Dan Uggla: 6 previous years 190 home runs, that is an average of over 30 for a second baseman. Since the Braves are a heavily left hand batting team having a right handed power hitting infielder is a pretty good idea, not a dumb trade as someone above has said. Ballplayers are human and have good and bad times.

Patesfordbill

July 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

Mid screen I saw where Columbus made some comments that were constructive. Teams jump on our Braves early because our pitching has a rep of being scored on early due to what some perceive as a laid back style. Next, the laid back style transfers over into the position players. Borne is intense but prone to overreact to mini-slumps. Prado is electric. Give me a team of Prado’s and look out World Series. Heyward is one good work ethic player. Chipper is leading by example. McCann is a solid leader who can hit with power. Dan Uggla is a solid defensive player who is working through a prolonged slump, Janish is solid on defense, weak at the bat, Freddie Freeman is one swing away from changing any game and a Golden Glove at first. If the team is a V8 engine, it’s hitting on 6 right now. Some position player backups are needed and major shoring up in the starting rotation.

LCBrooks

July 25th, 2012
2:44 pm

So called BRAVES fan in Wisconsin..We true fans don’t need your NEGATIVE & VILE remarks..Find another team to LOW-RATE & SHUT THE HELL UP..You embarrass yourself with all the ignorant comments…As a former season ticket holder, who saw Sid slide home & the BRAVES win the WORLD SERIES…I can ALWAYS find something POSITIVE to say about MY BRAVES..PLEASE STAY IN WISCONSIN AND FIND ANOTHER TEAM..BTW..I HOPE YOU FIND YOURSELF NEEDING TOMMY JOHN SURGERY ON BOTH ARMS…KARMA IS A B#%@*…

BravesinUtah

July 25th, 2012
4:34 pm

Life long Braves fan from Utah. From reading these posts it seems everyone is entitled to their opinion. Meanwhile all players are human and slumps are part of the game we still have to trust Fredi and Management to make the right moves and bring in the best talent. I am happy that the Dempster trade isnt happening. I would rather package Delgado and another top prospect and sent them over to MIL for Greinke. Greinke is the only pitcher available right now to make use title contenders. I even wouldnt mind sending Delgado and Minor together for Greinke.

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