The Washington Times - March 28, 2011, 02:55PM

With opening day just three days away now, there’s one spring training game left to play and the Nationals will be on their way north.

They went a long way toward defining the roster of players they’ll be bringing with them, optioning Roger Bernadina, Collin Balester and Ross Detwiler to Triple-A Syracuse, and assigning Brian Bixler to minor league camp on Monday.


Those moves mean both Laynce Nix and Matt Stairs have locked up spots on the Nationals’ bench and Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick will get his first chance in the big leagues as a member of the team’s relief corps.

By officially putting right-handers Chien-Ming Wang and Elvin Ramirez on the 60-day disabled list and Henry Rodriguez on the 15-day DL, it also leaves the Nationals with just one more 25-man roster decision to make: Alberto Gonzalez or Alex Cora as the team’s utility infielder.

Including Chad Gaudin, who was a non-roster invitee, with Nix, Stairs and possibly Cora, a quarter of the Nationals’ 25-man roster will be made up of four non-roster invitees and a Rule 5 pick.

Here’s the way the rest of the roster will look:

Brian Broderick RHP
Sean Burnett LHP
Tyler Clippard RHP
Todd Coffey RHP
Chad Gaudin RHP
Doug Slaten LHP
Drew Storen RHP

Livan Hernandez RHP
John Lannan LHP
Jordan Zimmermann RHP
Jason Marquis RHP
Tom Gorzelanny LHP

Ivan Rodriguez
Wilson Ramos

Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Jerry Hairston Jr. INF/OF
Alberto Gonzalez/Alex Cora UTIL

Michael Morse LF
Rick Ankiel CF
Jayson Werth RF
Matt Stairs OF
Laynce Nix OF