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NL West Notes: Alexei Ramirez thriving, Brandon Beachy struggling to earn rotation spot

The latest news surrounding the teams in the NL West.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When the Dodgers signed Brandon Beachy, they likely felt he would be able to compete for a roster spot. In his most recent outing, he allowed six runs and walked four.

Beachy is not on the club's 40-man roster and is competing with several other potential starters.

The latest around the rest of the NL West:

  • Andre Ethier is suffering from a lower leg contusion, but X-Rays were negative. He is listed as day-to-day.
  • Pitchers will hit eighth for the Giants this season. Angel Pagan will likely be in the ninth spot.
  • San Francisco has the weakest outfield arms in baseball, according to
  • San Diego passed on Ian Desmond and signed Alexei Ramirez instead. He has thrived to this point in spring training.
  • Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times was told Hyun-Jin Ryu might not make 20 starts or toss 150 innings this season.