Report: Diamondbacks under investigation over electronic watch

Major League Baseball is investigating the Arizona Diamondbacks over possible use of an electronic watch during the National League wild-card game, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

Arizona coach and interpreter Ariel Prieto was photographed wearing what appears to be an electronic watch in the dugout during Arizona’s 11-8 victory over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount by the league last month after using such a device to steal signs from the New York Yankees.

It is unknown what the repercussions would be for the Diamondbacks should the reported investigation prove wrongdoing, but MLB commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement after the Red Sox incident, saying “All 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.”

The Diamondbacks issued a statement saying Prieto made an honest mistake and the team will make sure it does not happen again.




Arizona is scheduled to play the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.