Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner withdrawn from World Series after positive COVID-19 test


Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 and was struck out of the team’s 3-1 World Series win in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the positive test after the game, telling Fox: “It’s a bittersweet night for us. ”

Turner was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts before coming out of the game to start the eighth inning. The team did not give a reason for his exit when he left.

” Thank you everyone! Turner wrote on Twitter after the game. “I feel good, no symptoms at all. I just experienced all the emotions you can imagine. I can’t believe I couldn’t be there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team and incredibly happy for the city of LA # WorldSeriesChamps. ”

The field veteran was not immediately with his teammates as they celebrated the franchise’s first World Series title since 1988. But the 35-year-old returned to the field with his wife about an hour after the game and took pictures with the World Series trophy. . He received a hug from longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sat front and center for a team photo, occasionally pulling down a mask he otherwise wore throughout the celebration.

Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that in the second inning, the lab performing COVID-19 testing informed Major League Baseball that Turner’s test on Monday was inconclusive. Samples taken on Tuesday then arrived and were analyzed, sources said, and they tested positive. The league then immediately called the Dodgers and told them to shoot Turner.

He was replaced on the pitch by Edwin Rios.

“We learned during the game that Justin tested positive, and he was immediately isolated to prevent further spread,” Manfred said.

When the Dodgers return to their hotel later on Tuesday night, everyone will receive a rapid PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, sources told Passan.

A late hitter who has helped reshape the game by succeeding with an uppercut swing, Turner is the career leader of Los Angeles with 12 homeruns in the playoffs, including a pair in this series, in which he hit .364 and had also played a stellar defense.

The MLB has isolated postseason teams in neutral venue bubbles after racing them across the country in a shortened 60-game season. Turner was the first player since the playoffs began to be posted.

The Dodgers won the series 4-2.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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