ajc.com | Braves | Pitchers lower spring ERA to 2.11

Horacio Ramirez is making a really strong case for the fifth — or fourth, if Byrd can’t go — starter’s spot. He went four innings yesterday, giving up three hits and an unearned run. He’s yet to give up an earned run this spring and is 3-0, though spring won/lost records for pitchers are even more meaningless than those for teams. He seems to be ahead of Marquis in the team’s immediate plans, and balances the rotation with another lefty to go with Hampton.