NEW YORK -- The first thing you need to know about Jose Constanza is he was a free agent last winter.
A minor-league free agent, after spending seven years in the minor leagues with the Indians.
The second thing you need to know is that he might well be the fastest player in baseball.
"A [Jose] Reyes-like weapon," Braves pitcher Tim Hudson said.
The third thing you need to know is that 27-year-old Constanza has impressed the Braves so much in his first seven big-league games, there's a real good chance that he's going to keep playing and Jason Heyward is going to find himself on the bench. Constanza is 11-for-27 (.407), after getting two more hits in the Braves' 4-1 win over the Mets' Friday night.
Oh, and the last thing you need to know?
It's OK to call him George, after the Seinfeld character of the (almost) same name. His teammates already call him that. He said he doesn't mind (and says he understands what it's about).
The Braves called up Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett when both their center fielders (Nate McLouth and Jordan Schafer) got hurt. Then they traded for Michael Bourn to play center field, but with Martin Prado filling in for the injured Chipper Jones at third base, they still had a spot open in the outfield.
Now Jones is expected back Saturday night, which moves Prado back to left field. And leaves manager Fredi Gonzalez with the question of whether to play Constanza or Heyward in right field.
At the moment, it's not much of a question. The struggling Heyward is hitting .221.
Gonzalez wouldn't commit to an answer Friday night, but you can tell where this is going.
"[Constanza] has put himself in a position where you've got to think about playing him," Gonzalez said. "You've got to think about it."
You've got to do more than think about it. You've got to do it.
Here's a guess that Gonzalez will do just that.