MLB is investigating social media posts relating to Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco, according to multiple outlets, after Instagram posts about him went viral on Sunday afternoon. Franco did not play in Sunday’s game, which the Guardians won 9-2.
The Rays issued the following statement:
“During today’s game, we were made aware of the social media posts that are circulating regarding Wander Franco. We take the situation seriously and are in close contact with Major League Baseball as it conducts its due diligence.”
The posts (which were posted to Instagram, but went viral on Twitter) seem to allege that Franco was inappropriately involved with a minor, though little is known about the allegations and Franco has not been charged with any crime. According to Rays Manager Kevin Cash, Franco was out of the lineup Sunday for a regular day off:
Rays Manager Kevin Cash says Wander Franco's day off was just a day off. No other reason for him not playing today. pic.twitter.com/UJfrVRknfY
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