Blue Jays forced to work inside

Blue Jays forced to work inside

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays' on-field workouts were cancelled on Saturday morning because of severe rain and a thunderstorm that went through the Central Florida region.

Toronto had been expecting to take live batting practice for the second consecutive day, but instead hitters were forced to get their work in at the indoor batting cages.

Some pitchers also were able to get some work in as well, but for the most part it had to remain a relatively relaxed day with all of the fields being shut down because of the rain.

"They got done what they needed to, but this early in spring, the second day for the position players, we needed it. But there's plenty of time," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We'll get plenty of work when we start playing games, start breaking down this team a little bit, but we could have used it."

The Blue Jays will have their final full-squad workout day on Sunday. The club will then hold an intrasquad game on Monday with the Grapefruit League season officially opening vs. Pittsburgh the following day.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.