Pirates’ Castro suspended one game, fined for having phone in pocket during game

A funny viral moment has proven to be costly for Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro.

Castro was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball for having his phone in his pocket during a game. He is appealing the punishment.

Castro made headlines last week when his cellphone fell out of his pocket after he slid headfirst into third base to try to beat a tag. The third-base umpire was the first to notice the phone on the ground and Castro gave it to third-base coach Mike Rabelo.

After the game Castro said he simply forgot to take it out of his pocket and had not intentionally brought into the field of play.

“I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” Castro said through an interpreter. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”

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