Oct. 28 (UPI) — Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner examined positive for COVID-19 and was faraway from Sport 6 of the World Sequence Tuesday evening earlier than he returned to the sector for postgame hugs, pictures and celebrations.

Fox introduced the information of Turner’s positive check simply after the Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Arlington, Texas, to seize their first championship since 1988. Main League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and Turner later confirmed the outcome.

Sources informed ESPN, Fox Sports activities and the Southern California Information Group {that a} lab knowledgeable MLB within the second inning of an inconclusive outcome from a check Turner took on Monday. Further samples had been taken Tuesday and confirmed Turner was positive. MLB then known as the Dodgers and informed them to take away Turner from the sport.

Turner had been requested to isolate from teammates, however refused with a view to have a good time with the Dodgers after their win.

“It is a bittersweet evening for us,” Manfred stated throughout a postgame interview on Fox. “We’re glad to be achieved. I do suppose it is an important accomplishment for our gamers to get this season accomplished.

“However clearly we’re involved when any of our gamers check positive. We discovered throughout the sport that Justin was positive.”

Turner went 0 for Three in Sport 6 earlier than he was eliminated at first of the eighth inning. The group didn’t clarify his exit on the time. Turner was the primary participant confirmed to have COVID-19 for the reason that MLB playoffs started in late September.

Turner was not initially with teammates for the on-field celebration after the ultimate out, however he was later noticed by Fox TV cameras. He was seen embracing teammates earlier than he sat with teammates for a photograph. He pulled his masks down at one level and eliminated it altogether throughout the celebration.

“Due to everybody reaching out! I really feel nice, no signs in any respect,” Turner tweeted early Wednesday. “Simply skilled each emotion you’ll be able to presumably think about.

“Cannot consider I could not be on the market to have a good time with my guys! So pleased with this group and unbelievably glad for town of [Los Angeles].”

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman informed reporters, “If there have been individuals round him with out masks, that is not good optics in any respect.”

Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts and Friedman sat subsequent to Turner — none with masks — for the group picture. Friedman stated the Dodgers can be examined once they returned to their lodge.

“I am unable to state strongly sufficient how huge of a job he performed within the success of the group, for him being a free agent not figuring out how the longer term goes to play out, I do not suppose anybody was going to cease him from going out,” Friedman stated of Turner.

“From his standpoint, him having an opportunity to take an image with the trophy was extremely vital and significant to him.”

When requested why Turner was on the sector, Roberts stated he did not know any extra details about the positive check outcome. He additionally stated he “did not contact” Turner.

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