PHOENIX — Rodolfo Castro got the call and dropped a call in his return to the big leagues.
The Pittsburgh infielder lost his phone while sliding into third base and the Pirates lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Tuesday night.
“I don’t think there’s any pro ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of picking up a cell phone,” Castro told Pittsburgh media through an interpreter. “It’s terrible that it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”
Newbie Tommy Henry (1-1) was sharp in his Chase Field debut, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings for his first big league win.
Castro made a different kind of noise after being called by Triple-A Indianapolis — on his phone.
The sophomore second baseman walked in the fourth inning and went to third on Oneil Cruzthe single Castro slid head first into the bag to hit the throw and the impact sent his phone flying out of his back pocket.
Third base umpire Adam Hamari immediately saw the phone and pointed to it on the ground. The 23-year-old Castro picked up the phone and handed it to Pirates third base coach Mike Rebelo, who had an exasperated look on his face before taking it.
Castro said he put his oven-mitt sliding glove in his pocket and forgot about the phone.
“You stick around the game and you see things you haven’t seen before,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “This was just a kid who made a mistake. It’s just one of those things that we move on from and tell him, ‘You can’t do that.”’
Major League Baseball cracked down on technology used on the field because the Houston Astros used live television streams to steal the signs of opposing teams during their run to the 2017 World Series championship and part of the 2018 season.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were suspended for the 2020 season. The Astros were also fined $5 million and forfeited their 2020 and 2021 first- and second-round picks.
Castro may want to keep his phone close on Wednesday in case MLB decides it wants to impose some punishment.
“My first day back, if I was the center of attention, I would have wanted it to help the team win, but never in this form,” Castro said. “This is definitely something that was an accident, a mistake. , something I’ll learn from. But definitely something I didn’t mean to happen.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.