Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) strikes out against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (not pictured) during the fourth inning in game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series title in 32 years with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 on Tuesday night. But minutes after the victory, there was breaking news on Fox during the Dodgers’ celebrating that third baseman Justin Turner was removed from Game 6 due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Turner was taken out of the game in the top of the eighth inning, after going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He’s the first MLB player to test positive for COVID-19 in six weeks.

The timing of the COVID-19 test return is bizarre, and it’s fair to wonder if anybody else will test positive. And who knows what it would’ve meant for the scheduling of Game 7 of the World Series had the Dodgers not won.

Update: More details from ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Update II: Turner tweeted that he feels “great” with “no symptoms at all.”

Update III: Turner joined the Dodgers on the field for a team photo, and even took off his mask. So, we’re left with more questions than answers.

Update IV: Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Turner tested positive twice, and there was not a a false positive. The results from Monday’s test came back positive on Tuesday, and a test from Tuesday afternoon also came back positive. Turner was asked not to go onto the field, but he and the Dodgers “insisted upon it.”


Update V: Rosenthal issued a correction on his report, saying that the first test result came back in the second inning on Tuesday night, not in the afternoon.

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