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Shohei Ohtani nursing hamstring injury after star caused concern with nonchalant jog

Now it’s just for show.

Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani had a hitless streak of 10 at-bats snapped in a 3-1 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati on Saturday. The most casual triple in MLB history.

With the count at 1-1 in the top of the sixth, Ohtani hit a Hunter Greene pitch down the right field line but appeared to start jogging once he reached first base and seemed content with a double.

Shohei Ohtani had his hitless streak snapped in 10 at-bats on Saturday as the Dodgers faced the Reds in a 3-1 loss. AP

Instead, the two-time American League MVP maintained a modest pace around second base, reaching third base with just his second triple of the 2024 season.

Ohtani reached third base safely, but the FOX announce crew seemed surprised by his effort, or lack thereof, on the basepaths.

“He got past second base, but he was running with ease and the play was closer than it should have been,” MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz said.

Shohei Ohtani slowed down near first base and appeared to maintain a moderate pace. Dodgers Nation/X
As FOX announcer and Hall of Famer John Smoltz noted, the play at third base was “closer than you’d expect.” Dodgers Nation/X

Play-by-play announcer Joe Davis speculated that Ohtani may have been injured on the play.

“It’s weird,” Davis said. “He has the most natural baseball clock in baseball history. [he would be safe] Or maybe there’s something weird watching him run the bases there.”

Ohtani was touched on the helmet while sliding and appeared momentarily shaken after the play but remained in the game.

Shohei Ohtani is currently third in the major leagues with 13 stolen bases, tied for seventh, and has recorded an MLB-leading eight triples in 2021. Getty Images

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged after Saturday’s loss that the team’s star slugger is being hindered by a hamstring contusion he suffered in the team’s last home game. From Yahoo Sports.

The Los Angeles captain said the team has urged Ohtani to “be smart” about the injury.

“I think he just tried to hit a double and the ball just wasn’t going in. [to the infield]”So he just kept running, he just dealt with the hamstring,” Roberts said of the play.

“Today was better than yesterday. We need him there. We just don’t want to push it.”

Ohtani has shown great ability as a pitcher, hitter and runner throughout his MLB career, but his latest injury has revealed his slow jog.

He is currently tied for seventh in the major leagues with 13 stolen bases and has an MLB-leading eight triples in 2021.

Ironically, this weekend’s matchup between the Dodgers and Reds means Los Angeles will face off against current MLB stolen base leader Ellie de la Cruz, who has already stolen 31 bases.

Before the series began on Friday night, De La Cruz was asked for his opinion on the reigning AL MVP and coincidentally praised Ohtani’s speed.

“He’s fast,” De La Cruz said. According to SI“But I’m the fastest man in the world.”