LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Player-Manager Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds said Thursday night that during the brief baseball strike he was more concerned about the standings than his chase of Ty Cobb's all-time hit record.

Rose entered the Reds' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with 4,168 career hits, just 23 behind Cobb. He penciled himself in the starting lineup against Los Angeles right hander Oral Hershiser.

''I'm elated to be back,'' said the 44-year-old Rose. ''I worried more (during the strike) about the opportunity to catch the Dodgers than I did about the recored.''

The Reds entered the game in second place in the NL West, five games behind the Dodgers.

''I didn't want to come back with two weeks to go and have five games to make up,'' Rose added. ''As far as the record is concerned, I had convinced myself that if I didn't play another game this year, I would have been offered a contract to come back next year based on what I've accomplished.''

Another player in the Reds' starting lineup was catcher Bo Diaz, who was traded to the Reds by Philadelphia after the strike was settled.

''That's what I was looking for, a trade,'' Diaz said. ''I'm happy I'm out of Philadelphia. I have a chance to play now. I just hope everything works out and I can contribute here.''