Phoenix — Rodolfo Castro hung up when he got called up and returned to the big leagues.
The Pittsburgh infielder lost his cell phone while sliding into third base, and the Pirates lost his 6-4 to Arizona's Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
"I don't think any professional baseball player goes out with a cell phone," Castro told media members in Pittsburgh through an interpreter. In fact, it was very unintentional.” Rookie Tommy Henry (1-1) played sharply in his Chase Field debut, going 4 hits in 7 innings. We got our first major league win.
Castro made a different kind of noise after being called from Triple-A Indianapolis — on his phone.
The sophomore second baseman threw a walk in his fourth inning and scored on O'Neill Cruz's single to his third. Castro slid headfirst into the bag and beat the throw. The impact threw his phone out of his back pocket.
Third base umpire Adam Hamari quickly looked at the phone and said, pointed to it. Ground. Castro, 23, picked up the phone and handed it to Pirates third base coach Mike Rebello.
Castro said he had forgotten about the phone as he pocketed his sliding gloves like mitts.
"When you're around the game, you see things you've never seen before," said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. "This was just a kid who made a mistake.
Major League Baseball has cracked down on technology used on the field ever since the Houston Astros used live TV feeds. is used to steal opposing teams' signs during their run for the 2017 World Series Championship and part of the 2018 season.
Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow and Manager A.J. Hinch was suspended for the 2020 season, and the Astros were also fined $5 million and stripped of first- and second-round picks for 2020 and 2021.
Castro may want to keep his phone nearby on Wednesday in case MLB decides to impose some kind of penalty. When I do, I would like to help the team win, but I don't want it to end up like this," Castro said. "This was definitely an accident, a mistake, and something to learn from. But definitely something I didn't intend to do." Avoided a base on his 16th save. Zach Thompson (3-9) lost.
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