Rodolfo Castro says phone, brings bat to help Pirates beat Diamondbacks

Rodolfo Castro says phone, brings bat to help Pirates beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Rodolfo Castro left his phone in the clubhouse, brought his bat to the field and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Castro had two hits one night after an embarrassing smartphone faux pas. The 23-year-old mistakenly left his phone in the back pocket of his baseball pants during Tuesday’s game, and it came flying out on a headfirst slide into third base.

It was not the kind of impression he wanted to make; he has split time between the minors and big leagues over the past two years, and had just been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

On Wednesday, he made the highlight reel for baseball-related reasons.

« Like we talked about, he made a mistake, » Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. « Good at-bats today, played good defense, drove the ball, ran the bases well — so it’s nice to see. When we have young kids, they do things.

« But I’m pretty sure we won’t do that again — ever. »


The sparse crowd at Chase Field didn’t give Castro too much grievance for the phone gaffe, though a couple of jeers could be heard during his first at-bat. Castro didn’t seem to mind, responding with a single. He added a triple in the sixth inning and scored on Greg Allen’s double to make it 5-2.

« I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone, » Castro told Pittsburgh media members through an interpreter Tuesday. « It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional. »

Castro said he put his oven-mitt-like sliding glove in his pocket and forgot about the phone.

« My first day back, if I was to be the center of attention, I would want it to be helping the team win, but never in this form, » Castro said. « This is definitely something that was an accident, a mistake , something I’m going to learn from. But definitely something I didn’t mean to happen. »

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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