Dave Roberts reveals why Shohei Ohtani didn’t play in Dodgers shutout loss in opposition to Padres

Shohei Ohtani thought he would possibly play on Sunday versus the San Diego Padres within the final sport of the three-game collection. He was trying ahead to assembly his fellow Japanese Yu Darvish on the mound and the rubber match of a really tight rivalry.

He had performed properly within the first two video games of the collection, going 2 for 4 on Friday and 1 for 3 on Saturday, however he left that second sport with some again issues for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts would not let him play.

Ohtani was by no means capable of defend his declare. On the morning of the Dodgers’ collection finale at Petco Park, Roberts instructed interpreter Will Ireton that Ohtani would not be within the lineup, and that was that.

Ohtani didn’t play within the 4-0 loss to the Padres and the western division chief dropped one other collection in opposition to the friars.

“I feel he understands what’s greatest for him and what’s greatest for the workforce,” Roberts stated. “He definitely is aware of his physique, now, with 13 in a row, I simply wished to ensure we had been slightly cautious.”

The primary three of these 13 video games in a row have began for Los Angeles and despite the fact that they’ve a 5.5 sport lead over the Padres, they should watch out, after being 3-5 in opposition to them within the present MLB season to date.

Shohei Ohtani additionally agreed with Dave Roberts

Shohei Ohtani described the harm as minor, he stated he initially felt discomfort in his again earlier than Saturday’s sport, however Roberts was reluctant to take any possibilities at this stage of the season, even in opposition to a division rival on Sunday.

“Whatever the state of my again,” Ohtani stated in Japanese, “I used to be fascinated about the time off.”

So, every thing was “okay” for a Sunday relaxation for Shohei. Roberts stated Ohtani is anticipated to return Monday for the beginning of a three-game collection in San Francisco.

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