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Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro has suspended for one sport and fined by MLB after his cellular phone fell out of his pocket whereas sliding to base throughout final week’s sport.
The suspension was introduced the Tuesday earlier than that Pirate home sport in opposition to the Boston Pink Sox however Castro will likely be allowed to play after interesting MLB’s determination.
“I simply need MLB to listen to my model of the story and ensure they perceive my coronary heart behind all of it,” Castro mentioned via an interpreter earlier than the sport. “Nobody did it on goal. I did not imply for this to occur.”
RODOLFO CASTRO PIRATES HAS CALLED OUT OF THE POCKET SALUTE THIRD BASE SLIDE
The error occurred within the backside of the fourth in final week’s sport in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Castro made a primary dive towards third base when his cellular phone fell out of his pocket.
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“I simply bear in mind getting dressed, placing on pants, getting meals, utilizing the lavatory,” Castro mentioned on the time. “It by no means crossed my thoughts that I nonetheless had my cellular phone.”
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MLB has been cracking down on know-how violations after that Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Astros common supervisor Jeff Luhnow and then-manager AJ Hinch have been suspended for the 2020 season and the staff was fined $5 million. In addition they gave up their first and second spherical picks in 2020 and 2021.
The Related Press contributed to this report.