Dodgers star third baseman Justin Turner was pulled in the middle of Game 6 of the World Series after testing positive for COVID-19

Scott Davis
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Justin Turner. Cooper Neill/MLB Photos/Getty Images
  • Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus during what turned out to be the decisive Game 6 of the World Series.

  • Turner was pulled from the game in the eighth inning without explanation.

  • After the game, as the Dodgers celebrated winning the World Series, it was reported that Turner had tested positive and was isolating.

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After the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, it was revealed that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had been pulled from the game because he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Turner was pulled in the eighth inning without explanation. In a bizarre twist, the Dodgers' championship celebration — for which Turner wasn't present — was interrupted by the Fox news desk reporting that Turner had tested positive.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reported after the game that Turner's test on Monday was inconclusive. The tests from Tuesday did not reach the testing lab until Game 6, and when it came back positive, Turner was pulled.

According to Passan, the Dodgers were expected to get tested again upon returning to their hotel.

Turner tweeted after the game that he was feeling well and not showing symptoms.

Of course, Turner had spent the game in the dugout with the rest of the Dodgers, who then all celebrated on the field together. Questions about MLB's protocols are sure to come.

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Turner, third from left, in the Dodgers dugout during Game 6. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

MLB's commissioner, Rob Manfred, was asked about Turner's positive test — the league's first positive test in six weeks.

"Obviously, we're concerned when any of our players test positive," Manfred said. "We learned during the game that Justin was positive. He immediately was isolated to prevent spread."

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