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Dodgers send Matt West to minor league camp

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers on Wednesday reassigned pitcher Matt West to minor league camp, bringing the total number of active players in big league camp to 40.

West got the final two outs of the eighth inning against the Royals on Tuesday night, and in seven Cactus League appearances allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits in 6⅔ innings, with four strikeouts and no walks, but three home runs allowed.

He also hit Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano in the face with a pitch last Sunday, causing multiple fractures in his face.

The Dodgers acquired West, now 27, last May from the Blue Jays and the right-hander pitched thee scoreless innings over two relief appearances in his brief time with the big league club in 2015. He re-signed a minor league contract on Nov. 19, 2015, with a non-roster invitation to spring training.

The converted former third baseman put up a 4.85 ERA in 26 relief appearances between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2015, with 34 strikeouts and 13 walks in 39 innings.

The Dodgers now have 40 active players remaining in big league camp, including six non-roster invitees.

Minor move

The Dodgers this week also released minor league infielder/outfielder Deion Ulmer, 21. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the 26th round in 2014, and hit .248/.327/.324 with 18 steals in 92 games in two years at Rookie-level Ogden, starting games at second base, third base, shortstop, center field and left field last season.

"This game has taken me further than I could have ever imagined," Ulmer wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. "It's bittersweet but I want to thank the Los Angeles Dodgers for giving me the opportunity to be apart of such a great organization."