On Tuesday night, Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers was removed from Game 6 of the World Series after his COVID-19 test results came back positive for the disease. Turner was pulled in the eighth inning of the game.
The Dodgers went on to beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas to win the World Series. The Dodgers last won the World Series all the way back in 1988. Turner, who is 35, is the first MLB player to test positive in nearly two months.
Dodgers in 6.
Lakers in 6.
LA takeover. 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/wrjRnVGmid
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 28, 2020
News of Tuner's COVID-19 diagnosis wasn't revealed until after the game was finished.
"After the completion of the game tonight, we were informed by MLB that Justin Turner received a positive COVID test and that's why he was removed from the game." pic.twitter.com/EOxcMlNs5R
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2020
"Thanks to everyone reaching out! I feel great, no symptoms at all," Turner later wrote on Twitter. "Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA."
Despite tweeting that he "couldn’t be out there to celebrate" it looks like Tuner returned to the field to do just that.
Thanks to everyone reaching out! I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can’t believe I couldn’t be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA#WorldSeriesChamps
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 28, 2020
Well, Justin Turner is on the field after all. He and Kershaw just hugged. Both wearing masks, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) October 28, 2020
Justin Turner is on the field with the trophy. pic.twitter.com/MFn7DDH1om
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 28, 2020
My heart breaks for Turner. Just brutal. pic.twitter.com/CVT9t0U1Rz
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) October 28, 2020
ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that Tuner's teammates will undergo rapid tests for the disease when they return to their hotel.
When the Dodgers return to their hotel tonight, everybody will be given a rapid PCR test. On the field right now, as they celebrate, the Dodgers are wearing masks. Unclear as to whether they’ll stay in Dallas area before traveling back to Los Angeles. Situation fluid right now.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 28, 2020
"It’s a bittersweet night for us," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said during a FOX interview following the game. "We’re glad to be done. I do think it’s a great accomplishment for our players to get this season completed, but obviously we’re concerned when any of our players test positive. We learned during the game that Justin was positive and immediately isolated him to prevent the spread."
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