Justin Turner takes off mask in Dodgers’ celebration after positive COVID-19 testOctober 28, 2020
Justin Turner, who was forced to exit Game 6 after testing positive for the coronavirus, was back on the field celebrating with his teammates after the Dodgers’ 4-2 World-Series clinching victory over the Rays on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.
Turner, 35, was seen after the game holding the world Series trophy, wearing a mask and hugging a few teammates. Later in the celebration, Turner was seen without a mask.
Turner’s celebration seemed to fly in the face of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred saying after the game that the veteran was removed from the game in the seventh inning and “immediately isolated to prevent the spread” of the coronavirus. According to ESPN, Turner went back out to celebrate despite being asked to isolate.
Turner tweeted after the game that he felt “great” and thanked everyone for their support.
“Thanks to everyone reaching out!” Turner tweeted after the game. “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.”
Turner’s positive COVID-19 test came as a surprise because results are usually reported before games. In the second inning, the lab conducting coronavirus tests informed MLB that Turner’s test from Tuesday came back inconclusive, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed, adding that MLB had its Utah lab to run the sample again, and it showed up positive.
After the positive test was revealed, the league immediately called the Dodgers, who pulled Turner. But the former Met was back on the field celebrating after the victory.
It was the first time in two months that a player tested positive for the virus. Players were tested every day during the postseason, compared to every other day during the 60-game regular season.
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