Rain shortens 'light day' of workouts at Nats camp

Rain shortens 'light day' of workouts at Nats camp

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals had their workout cut short Saturday, a result of light showers in the morning and rain the previous night. The rain was expected to continue throughout the day, so rather than begin practicing on the soft infield dirt, the team reduced the full workout before it began.

The pitchers played catch in the right-field grass at Space Coast Stadium while position players did some light work in the batting cages, and everyone began to clear out of the clubhouse by lunchtime.

"We just figured we'd make sure that we get some work done, but not push it," manager Matt Williams said. "It's a little sloppy out there. It was a light day anyway."

The Nationals were scheduled to work on first-and-third defense, pitchers' fielding practice and some individual defensive work by position. The fact that no pitchers were scheduled to throw bullpen sessions made it an easier decision for Williams.

On Sunday, however, several pitchers are set to throw to hitters for the first time since camp began.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.