3/4/2013 4:28 P.M. ET
Fredi: Constanza's shot at roster not yet in peril
By Joey Nowak / MLB.com
JUPITER, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says there's been no update on the status of outfielder Jose Constanza, who remains in the Dominican Republic held up by a visa issue nearly three weeks after position players reported to Braves camp.
Gonzalez said Constanza's chance of making the club -- a good one, though he's competing with Jordan Schafer, who is out of Minor League options -- still isn't affected by his absence. The skipper said he feels more comfortable with Constanza's situation given the outfielder is fresh off 30 games of Dominican winter ball with Toros del Este.
"I don't think we're there yet," Gonzalez said. "He's played winter ball all winter. We know what he brings to us. We're fine that way. If all of a sudden it's a week before the season starts, then we've got to worry about preparing for a Major League season. But I don't think we're there yet."
Gonzalez said if Constanza were to show up tomorrow, for instance, he expects the outfielder would need only a few days before he could jump into action.
Constanza, 29, would be in his third season with the Braves, after playing 42 and 37 games in 2011 and 2012, respectively. He's a career .281 hitter with 12 stolen bases and a .672 OPS in 79 career games. He's played all three outfield spots for the Braves.
Hudson: Outing vs. Mets was 'great work day'
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Saying he feels as strong, physically, as he has "in a "really, really long time," veteran right-hander Tim Hudson doubled his pitch count since his last outing, tossing nearly 80 pitches on Monday against the Mets.
The 37-year-old worked through the fourth inning of his third Grapefruit League start, facing at least four hitters in each frame. He threw a total of 79 pitches (46 for strikes) and faced 18 hitters, after seeing 11 batters his last time out. He said he threw about 40 pitches in his previous start.
"It was good work for me," Hudson said. "I wasn't worth a crap today, but I was able to work on big-situation pitches every inning. … It was a great work day. Obviously, I would not be happy with it at all if this was June, but that's what Spring Training's for."
The Mets got on the board against Hudson in the first, when Ike Davis doubled into the left-center-field gap with two outs and came around to score on a Marlon Byrd RBI single to left.
The second run that Hudson allowed came in the third, when Matt den Dekker singled to lead off the frame, stole second, advanced on a deep fly ball to center and scored on a Byrd sacrifice fly.
"About 75 of those 80 were stress pitches," Hudson said.
Hudson struck out two, walked one and surrendered two runs on six hits.
"I felt fine," he said. "It was nice and cool today. My pitch count was pretty high, but I felt pretty fresh. My legs felt pretty strong, considering it was this early in spring. You never want to throw too much this early in spring, but it was a good day to get some work in. I wasn't overly tired out there."
• The Braves announced their 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup on Monday, which includes performances by Steve Miller Band, Big & Rich and Run DMC. Each postgame concert performance is free with a paid game ticket.
Run DMC will perform June 1 following Atlanta's game against the Nationals, Steve Miller Band will perform after the game against the Reds on July 13, and Big & Rich will perform alongside special guest Cowboy Troy on Sept. 1 after Atlanta's game against the Marlins.
• Braves Minor League outfielder Matt Kennelly's Australian World Baseball Classic team, which lost, 6-0, to Korea in Taichung, Taiwain, early Monday morning ET, will play Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons' Dutch team at 11:30 p.m. ET Monday night. As of Monday morning, the Netherlands was 1-1 and Australia was 0-2 in the first round of pool play.