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Dodgers mainstay Justin Turner pulled from World Series clincher due to positive COVID-19 test

Mike Oz
·3-min read
Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 during World Series Game 6. (Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 during World Series Game 6. (Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers won a long-awaited World Series on Tuesday night, but not before a very 2020 twist. Dodgers mainstay Justin Turner was pulled from World Series Game 6 in the eighth inning after testing positive for COVID-19.

At the time nobody knew why Turner had left the game, but he wasn’t on the field to celebrate with his teammates after the final out. Shortly after, we learned about his diagnosis.

FOX Sports’ Kevin Burkhardt broke the news while the celebration was still happening on the field. During postgame interviews, Tom Verducci asked commissioner Rob Manfred about the sequence of events. Manfred said Turner was immediately isolated after learning of the positive test to prevent spread.

The Dodgers beat the Rays 3-1 — coming back from a 1-0 deficit —to capture their first World Series win since 1988.

Timeline of Turner’s positive test

If you’re wondering how this could happen during a World Series game, you’re not alone. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported this timeline of tests and results during Game 6:

Once the trophy-passing and champagne clinking stops, the Turner news will have wide ramifications for the Dodgers and their families in the MLB bubble in Arlington.

Turner celebrates with Dodgers anyway

While his teammates were celebrating on the field, Turner was supposedly isolated. He shared his roller coaster of emotions on Twitter.

But less than 10 minutes later, Turner was on the field celebrating with his Dodgers teammates and even shaking Clayton Kershaw’s hand.

Afterward, manager Dave Roberts said in an interview that he didn’t know if anything had changed with Turner’s status, but noted that he didn’t touch Turner.

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