The question was raised with the Dodgers manager after Ohtani appeared not to be at full speed while running out a triple in the sixth inning Saturday night against the Reds.

“Our advice to him is just be smart with it,” Roberts said. “I think he was just going to leg out a double and the ball just didn’t get in (to the infield), so he kept running. It is him just managing the hamstring.

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

Ohtani was 1 for 4 with three strikeouts in Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to the Reds. He was 0 for 5 in the series opener Friday night, also won by Cincinnati.