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Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro gets one-game suspension for phone falling out of pocket on day of call-up

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Rodolfo Castro had an embarrassing moment the day he was called up to the Pirates on Aug. 9, when his cell phone fell out of his back pocket on a headfirst slide into third against the Diamondbacks.

After an umpire helpfully pointed it out, Castro quickly smuggled the phone away, but the damage was done.

Castro was suspended for a game and fined Tuesday by MLB for violating league policy and having a foreign object on the field.

He was contrite after the game in his explanation. “I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cell phone,” he said through an interpreter, via ESPN. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”

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Castro will be appealing the suspension, which according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, some executives felt was light due to MLB’s recent history with cheating.

Castro has been a fringe MLB player for the Pirates, and is hitting .239/.300/.402 with two home runs. He has heated up in the last week, hitting .381/.409/.762. 

Clearly, MLB believed Castro’s explanation, which was basically “it happens” despite some team executives’ apparent reservations about giving him one game. Sometimes, it’s best to own up to your mistakes.

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