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.

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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:

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

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

Catchers:
Ivan Rodriguez
Wilson Ramos

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

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