Pirates' Rodolfo Castro suspended one game for having phone on basepaths originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Major League Baseball handed Castro a one-game ban and an undisclosed fine on Tuesday for the gaffe, citing its electronic device policy. Castro is appealing the suspension.
The moment happened on Aug. 9 in Castro’s first game since being recalled for his second stint in the majors this season. The Pittsburgh Pirates infielder was running from first to third on a single from Oneil Cruz in the fourth inning when his phone fell onto the dirt.
Castro claimed that he forgot he had his phone on him after placing a sliding glove in his pocket.
“I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” Castro told reporters after the game. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”
For the season, Castro has a .239 batting average, two home runs and five RBIs across 27 games in Pittsburgh.