VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth was scratched from the lineup on Saturday prior to a spilt-squad game against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.
McLouth, who had surgery on his right shoulder in August, appeared in his first game of the spring on Wednesday. He had appeared in two games, both as a designated hitter, and was scheduled to lead off and DH on Saturday.
McLouth has still been rehabbing the shoulder during the spring. He had been progressing through a throwing program and had not played the outfield during a game because of his inability to make the throws.
Manager Matt Williams had said he expected McLouth would be ready to return to the outfield at some point next week.
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