A rule of thumb in baseball is that you never make the first or third out of an inning at third base. Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux did that on Thursday and paid a painful price.

Lux tried to go from first to third on a bloop single from Mookie Betts. Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Jake McCarthy came aggressively charged the ball and made a strong throw to third base to throw Lux out.

Lux was clearly shaken up on the play. And with a replay, we can see why. Arizona third baseman Josh Rojas made a hard tag on Lux, catching him in a sensitive area.

The play was also reviewed, which probably worked as both a positive and negative for Lux. The positive is obvious — he got some well-earned time to heal. What was the negative? The play was shown at the stadium, giving Lux the chance to relive the play — in slow motion.

And to make matters even worse, the call was upheld. Though, the silver lining there is that Lux at least didn’t have to stay on the field as a baserunner. Still, the whole experience could not have been fun.

Those who saw the unfortunate play had a lot to say about it.

Fortunately, this isn’t the kind of pain will often result in a long-term injury. In the short-term, though, all that we can say is ouch.

[Bally Sports: Arizona, Chad Moriyama, Fabian Ardaya]

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Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.