COVID-positive Dodgers 3B Justin Turner removed from Game 6 of World Series, kisses wife in celebration

COVID-positive Dodgers 3B Justin Turner removed from Game 6 of World Series, kisses wife in celebration
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus and was removed from Game 6 of the World Series. (Eric Gay/Associated Press)

ARLINGTON, Texas — The euphoria of the Los Angeles Dodgers' first World Series title in 32 years was tempered by the announcement that third baseman Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus.

Turner was in the lineup for the Dodgers’ series-clinching 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. He went 0-for-3 and struck out twice before he was replaced by Edwin Rios in the eighth inning.

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Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the positive test after the game, telling Fox: “It’s a bittersweet night for us.”

“We learned during the game,” Manfred told Fox. “He was immediately isolated to prevent spread.”

“After the completion of the game tonight, we were informed by MLB that Justin Turner received a positive COVID test and that’s why he was removed from the game,” Fox announcer Kevin Burkhardt said. No other details were given.

Turner was on the field after the Dodgers clinched the franchise’s first World Series crown since 1988, several media outlets reported.

The team celebrated on the field with masks on, the Los Angeles Times reported.

There was no immediate word of whether Turner had shown any symptoms, the newspaper reported. Players were tested daily during the postseason and none had tested positive, the Times reported.

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