Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani benched vs. Padres due to back tightness

Shohei Ohtani was not in the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting lineup against the San Diego Padres on Sunday after back strain forced him out of a game Saturday night.

Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said sitting Ohtani is a precautionary measure.

Ohtani left the fourth at-bat in Saturday night's 5-0 win over the Padres. In his last at-bat in the seventh inning, he went 3 for 0 with a ground out to the pitcher and a walk. He was replaced by pinch-hitter Kike Hernandez in the ninth.

“His back is tight,” Roberts said Saturday night. “So it was one of those things where I had his back stiff before his fourth at-bat.

Roberts said Ohtani's back is feeling better and added that Ohtani did some activity on Sunday. He said his concerns were “minimal” after Saturday's game. Ohtani later told reporters that he went through his usual pregame routine Sunday and felt fine. He said he started feeling uncomfortable before Saturday's game and it got worse as the game went on. Both Ohtani and Roberts expect the superstar to return to the Dodgers lineup Monday in San Francisco.

Ohtani, who signed a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Dodgers last December, has been one of the best hitters in the majors this season. The two-time AL MVP leads baseball with a 1.090 OPS and is hitting .352, just behind Cleveland's Steven Cowan (.353). Ohtani also has 11 home runs and 27 RBI, both statistics among the league leaders.

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It wasn't the second time Ohtani was in the Dodgers' starting lineup this season. A day after striking out three times in one game, he was rested in a game on May 1 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Since that rest day, Ohtani is batting a scorching .429 with four home runs and eight RBIs in eight games. Ohtani was named National League Player of the Week on Monday.

He is playing as a designated hitter while fully recovering from a second Tommy John surgery.

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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