Rodolfo Castro Must Pay a One-Game Suspension For Bringing His Cell Phone Into a Game
Rodolfo Castro has the talent and speed to run bases but this time, he’s in the news for all he wrong reasons after his cell phone fell out of his pants pocket while running the bases during a game. For this, he has earned himself a one-game suspension without pay.
As reported by Marca, Castro’s phone slipped out of his back pocket when he slid into third base during the game against the Diamondbacks. It was his first game back in the majors for his second stint with the Pirates this season. He told reporters after the game that it wasn’t intentional.
“I don’t think there’s any professional baseball player that ever goes out there with the intention of taking a cell phone,” Castro told reporters. “It’s horrible that it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”
Castro, 23, said he put his oven mitt-like slider in his pocket and forgot about the phone.
Castro to Appeal One-Game Suspension
He was scheduled to serve his suspension tonight when the Pirates play the Arizona Diamondbacks, but opted to appeal the decision.
“You stay in the game and you see things you haven’t seen before,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said after the incident. “This was just a kid who made a mistake. It’s just one of those things that we move forward from and tell him, ‘You can’t do that.'”
Major League Baseball has cracked down on technology used on the field since the Houston Astros used live TV broadcasts to steal opponents’ signals on their way to winning the 2017 World Series.
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