Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was mysteriously removed from Game 6 of the World Series two innings before the team put the game away Tuesday night.
It was revealed before the Dodgers’ celebration that Turner had tested positive for the coronavirus and was subsequently removed. He was the first positive test in MLB in six weeks.
“After the completion of the game tonight we were informed by Major League Baseball that Justin Turner received a positive COVID test that’s why he was removed from the game. We have no other details at this time,” Fox Sports Kevin Burkhardt said from his studio.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Turner was “immediately isolated to prevent the spread.”
Turner was substituted for Kike Hernandez in the game.
He was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
The Dodgers have yet to officially comment on Turner’s removal from the game. Manager Dave Roberts thanked Turner during his postgame speech.
The win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 gave the Dodgers their first World Series title since 1988 and seventh title in franchise history.
Turner, a third baseman, is in his seventh season with the Dodgers. The 35-year-old was acquired by Los Angeles from the New York Mets before the start of the 2014 seisoen. He’s earned one All-Star appearance in that span.