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Braves send Constanza, Terdoslavich to Gwinnett

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Gwinnett Braves’ outfield will have a familiar look this season.

Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich were optioned by Atlanta to the G-Braves, where they will flank returning center fielder Todd Cunningham.

All three spent most of last season with Gwinnett while also getting some time in Atlanta.

Constanza, who won the International League batting title in 2012, played in 83 games with Gwinnett a year ago and 21 with Atlanta. Terdoslavich hit .318 with 18 homers in 85 games with the G-Braves and got into 55 major league games, mostly as a pinch hitter.

Also sent down to Gwinnett on Monday by Atlanta were second baseman Tommy La Stella, shortstop Tyler Greene and left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter.

La Stella, who hit .343 last season for Class AA Mississippi, and former major leaguer Greene are expected to be the double play combination for new G-Braves manager Brian Snitker.

Buchter, who struck out 103 in 62 innings a year ago for Gwinnett, will be part of a bullpen that also returns Wirfin Obispo, who made 52 appearances in 2013.

Atlanta still has 30 active players in camp and must be down to 25 when it opens the season next Monday at Milwaukee.

First baseman Ernesto Mejia, who set a Gwinnett record with 28 homers last season, is still with the Braves, as is infielder Phil Gosselin, catcher Steve Lerud and reliever Atahualpa Severino. All are longshots to make the team.

On the bubble are pitchers David Hale, Gus Schlosser and Ian Thomas.

The G-Braves open the season on April 3 at Durham. The home opener is April 11, also against the Bulls.