12:14 update: Jeff Passan of ESPN is report the lab performing the Covid-19 test informed MLB that Turner’s test on Monday was inconclusive and that his Tuesday test had been run and found positive. This would have happened in the second inning of Game 6 and the league called on the Dodgers to shoot Turner.
In the second inning tonight, the lab performing COVID testing informed MLB that Justin Turner’s test from yesterday came back inconclusive. Today’s samples had just arrived and were analyzed. It turned out to be positive. The league immediately called the Dodgers and said to shoot Turner.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 28, 2020
12:10 update: Rob Manfred’s post-match statement was simple: “We learned during the match that Justin (Turner) was positive. He was immediately isolated to prevent the spread, ”by Mike DiGiovanna.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are world champions, but there was a bit of drama going into the final game. Third baseman Justin Turner was taken out of the game after three hits with the stick and it turns out to be because a test came back positive for Covid-19.
Turner was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts when he was put out. His last at bat came in the sixth inning and he was substituted in the 8th inning with Edwin Rios coming in on third base and Kiké Hernandez coming in on second and replacing Turner in the lineup.
FOX Sports broke the news immediately after the Dodgers won the world championship. ESPN has since reported the same news. There is no word yet on how this came about given the idea that teams would like player tests to be postponed before taking the field. There will be many questions from the Dodgers and Major League Baseball as they handle this situation.
Here’s a video from FOX Sports reporting the news after the game.