Minutes after the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their first World Series title since 1988, Major League Baseball announced that Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19.
During the game, MLB received Turner's test results from Monday and then ran Tuesday's sample to verify. The 35-year-old was removed from the game once the league had the result.
Fox broke the news on the postgame show following the Dodgers 3-1 win in Game 6 on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Turner's positive test was confirmed by commissioner Rob Manfred.
"Obviously we’re concerned when any of our players test positive," Manfred said. "We learned during the game. He was immediately isolated to prevent spread."
Turner was replaced in the field to begin the eighth inning and there had initially been no reason given. He was not present on the field during postgame celebrations, which saw several Dodgers players wearing masks.
Later Tuesday night, Turner tweeted that he feels "great" and has "no symptoms at all."
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
MLB had not reported a positive test in 57 days, and there was a soft bubble in place for the World Series.
The league dealt with several outbreaks during the regular season, which shut down the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals for extended periods.
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