Justin Turner Tests Positive During Game Six, Returns To Celebrate On Field
On Tuesday night during the Los Angeles Dodgers clinching win, Dodger’s third baseman Justin Turner was removed in the eighth inning. Turner was taken out because he had tested positive for COVID-19. After testing positive, he had to be isolated from the team. Turner had previously been tested on Monday, however, the results had come back inconclusive. This prompted another test to be done on Tuesday, which came back positive.
Turner was a key factor during the Dodgers regular season, as he hit an impressive .307 batting average. This helped the Dodgers win 43 games of the 60 games shortened regular season. Turner continued to keep up his batting production during the World Series, he achieved a .320 batting average before he was pulled in the eighth inning. Losing Turner was a blow, but the Dodgers were able to hold onto their 3-1 lead to clinch the World Series title. This World Series win became number six for the Dodgers and their first since 1988.
Following the title-clinching win, Dodgers players ran onto the field to celebrate, hugging one another in joy. During this moment, Turner, who was isolated from his teammates, came back onto the field to join his teammates in celebrating. Turner was seen with a mask, holding the World Series trophy in his hand, taking pictures with the team. At one point, Turner had removed his mask during the celebration.
Turner’s return to the field was seen as hazardous because he was positive for COVID-19, though he is asymptomatic. Understandably, Turner wanted to celebrate his teams win, but he did so in a selfish manner that has put his teammates at risk. The third baseman tested positive and immediately broke his isolation to celebrate and removing his mask during team pictures.
We can only wait to see the consequences of Turner’s actions.