After testing positive for COVID-19, Los Angeles Dodgers’ player Justin Turner returned to the field to celebrate his team’s World Series victory. Photos show a maskless Turner in close contact with other team members.
Officials pulled Turner from the middle of Game 6 after he tested positive for the virus. Turner is the star third basemen for the Dodgers. Initially, he expressed disappointment about being taken out of such a crucial game and that he wouldn’t be able to celebrate afterward.
Turner’s test on Monday (Oct. 26) proved inconclusive. But a second test on Tuesday (Oct. 27) showed the MLB player tested positive for the virus. Turner left the game during the second inning, according to ESPN. The Dodgers rallied without Turner, winning the series title for the first time since 1988.
In a tweet, Turner said he felt fine with no symptoms. He felt so well in fact that he decided to rejoin the Dodgers in their post-game victory. A video shows Turner, sans mask, surrounded by most of the team on the pitcher’s mound.
Turner wrote, “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.”
LA Dodgers Supported Justin Turner Being on the Field
Reportedly, right fielder Mookie Betts didn’t mind that Turner returned to the field. He allegedly said, “He’s part of the team. Forget all that. He’s part of the team. We’re not excluding him from anything.”
Likewise, Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers president of baseball operations, supported Turner celebrating with the team. According to CNN, he said Turner didn’t celebrate with any players he “hadn’t already been in contact with” prior to the positive testing. But he also said he didn’t closely monitor Turner during the post-victory.
“I don’t think there was anyone that was going to stop him from going out [onto the field],” Friedman said. “If there are people around him without masks, that’s not good optics at all.”
According to the outlet, the MLB hasn’t commented yet on Turner or if the LA Dodgers will need to quarantine due to the positive test result.