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Rodolfo Castro of Pirates Suspended 1 Game for Cellphone Mishap

One of baseball’s strangest on-field incidents lately has resulted in a one-game suspension — no less than for now.

Rodolfo Castro, the Pittsburgh Pirates infielder who had his cellphone slip out of his pocket as he slid into third base throughout a recreation final week, has been suspended for one recreation by Major League Baseball for a violation of the league’s digital system coverage. He has appealed the suspension and shall be allowed to play till his attraction is set.

He was additionally fined an undisclosed quantity.

“I just really want M.L.B. to hear my version of the story and make sure they understand my heart behind everything,” Castro, 23, instructed reporters by means of a Spanish-language interpreter earlier than Tuesday’s house recreation towards the Boston Red Sox. “None of this was intentional, I didn’t mean for any of this to happen.”

The play in question occurred within the fourth inning of a recreation towards the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 9, the identical day Castro had been referred to as up from Class AAA. Castro, an infielder in his second season with Pittsburgh, slid headfirst into third and had his iPhone slide out of his pocket and onto the infield grime in Phoenix.

While the play drew lots of laughs, it additionally raised the chance that the cellphone may have been getting used for some illicit purpose. Castro insisted on the time that nothing like that had occurred.

“I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” he instructed reporters on the time. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”

M.L.B. has labored to watch technology use within the recreation after high-profile incidents by which the Houston Astros had an elaborate sign-stealing scheme that concerned use of the video replay room and the Boston Red Sox had a sign-stealing system that used Apple Watches.

None of the Astros or Red Sox gamers concerned in these incidents had been suspended for their use of technology as a result of they got immunity in alternate for their cooperation within the investigations.

While M.L.B. has issued suspensions of numerous lengths this season, together with an 80-game ban of Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres over a constructive check for performance-enhancing medication; a three-game ban for Tommy Pham, then of the Cincinnati Reds, over his having slapped an opponent; and a one-game ban of the Yankees’ Josh Donaldson for disrespectful feedback he made to Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox, the Castro suspension is considerably distinctive because it seems he didn’t do something deliberately improper.

“You stay around the game and you see things you haven’t seen before,” Pirates Manager Derek Shelton instructed reporters after the incident. (*1*)

Asked concerning the suspension on Tuesday, Shelton instructed reporters “we respect M.L.B.’s decision” and didn’t remark additional.

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