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To make room for both Clayton and Ward on the 40-man roster, injured right-handers Luis Ayala and Brian Lawrence were transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Bray, the franchise’s No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft, made a strong case for inclusion in the Nationals’ Opening Day bullpen. But club officials didn’t want to rush him before he’s ready, especially with veteran lefties Joey Eischen and Mike Stanton already on the team.

Bergmann, too, is highly thought of in the organization and could be one of the first relievers called up from New Orleans. Harris was a long shot to make the squad as a utility infielder.

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