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Dropped call — Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro has phone fly from back pocket during slide into third

PHOENIX — Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro apparently can’t go anywhere without his phone.

Castro, who was called up before the game by Triple-A Indianapolis, slid headlong into third in the fourth inning of the team’s 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night and let his phone fly out of his back pocket.

Third base umpire Adam Hamari saw the phone immediately and pointed it to the ground. Castro, 23, picked up the phone and handed it to Mike Rebelo, the Pirates’ third base coach, who had an annoyed look on his face before answering.

Major League Baseball has cracked down on on-field technology since the Houston Astros used live TV feeds to steal opposing teams’ signs during their 2017 World Series Championship run and part of the 2018 season.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch have been suspended for the 2020 season. The Astros were also fined $5 million and forfeited their first- and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021.

No word on whether Castro set the ringer to vibrate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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