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Lovullo tells D-backs to stop headfirst slides

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Two days after D-backs outfielder Socrates Brito dislocated his finger sliding headfirst into home plate, infielder Domingo Leyba slid headfirst into first base while trying to beat out an infield hit on Friday.

That was enough for manager Torey Lovullo, who early on in camp told players he did not want them sliding headfirst into home or first base because of the risk of injury.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Two days after D-backs outfielder Socrates Brito dislocated his finger sliding headfirst into home plate, infielder Domingo Leyba slid headfirst into first base while trying to beat out an infield hit on Friday.

That was enough for manager Torey Lovullo, who early on in camp told players he did not want them sliding headfirst into home or first base because of the risk of injury.

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Lovullo got off his folding chair next to the dugout and talked quietly to Leyba as he approached the dugout steps after the play and then turned and shared a similar message with the entire team.

"I just called him aside and told him that I don't ever want to see that again," Lovullo said. "And I told the rest of the dugout, 'That's enough. It's got to stop.'"

Leyba was unhurt, but Brito's finger required surgery and he will miss at least two months.

"We don't want to take away instinctual plays, but those plays [headfirst slides] can't happen at home plate or first base," Lovullo said. "We're working hard to let them know the consequences and risk of injuries."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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