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Dave Roberts Reveals Why Shohei Ohtani is Out of Dodgers’ Lineup on Wednesday

Shohei Ohtani is out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup on Wednesday for the first time this season.

After starting at designated hitter in each of the Dodgers’ first 32 games this season, Ohtani is off on Wednesday, with Will Smith getting a day as the DH.

Why is Shohei Ohtani Not in the Dodgers’ Lineup?

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made it clear it was no cause for concern before Wednesday’s game. Roberts told reporters it was just a standard day off for Ohtani.

Ohtani is off to a torrid start through March and April, slashing .336/.399/.618 with seven home runs and 19 runs batted in. He has an incredible OPS of 1.017, and has already accumulated 1.7 bWAR.

Ohtani is doing all this while coming off elbow surgery to repair a torn UCL. He also found himself in the middle of a massive gambling scandal where he was the victim of massive theft from his ex-interpreter and best friend.

Ohtani has been living up to his $700 million contract thus far, and on Wednesday, Roberts wanted him to get a recovery day.

The Dodgers don’t play on Thursday, so Ohtani will get two days off before the Dodgers start a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves back at Dodger Stadium on Friday. He is available off the bench, though, if Roberts decides to let him hit at some point on Wednesday.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


        1. Yes we do know that he wasn’t involved or wasn’t gambling. Because the illegal BOOKER SAID THAT IDIOTIC RACIST!

  1. 2 days rest in a row. Will he do so well hitting without pitching that he may be asked to make a Babe Ruth decision next year and drop pitching? He won’t want to do that, but he might be the best hitter in baseball if he does not pitch, somewhat better than if he does pitch.

    1. He’s already by his stat line, the best hitter in MLB.He continues to only get better and marking any unforseen miscue, will hit 50 Hrs and drive in 125 runs.Looking forward to seeing him pitch in 2025…

  2. A DH needs two days rest? OK then. Yes it’s Ohtani, but why is this the first game all season he has missed if this was just a normal day off? With a day off coming up in one day? Something doesn’t add up.

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