Major League Baseball said Wednesday that it is launching an investigation into the actions of Los Angeles Dodgers player Justin Turner, who was withdrawn from Game 6 of the World Series after a positive COVID-19 test, but still went on the field after the game to celebrate title with his teammates.
In a statement, the league was critical of the veteran third baseman, saying he was putting everyone around him at risk, although MLB security told him not to return to the field.
“… After the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed joint protocols and instructions given to him regarding the safety and protection of others,” it said. “While the desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner̵
Turner was positive and was knocked out of the 3-1 World Series victory in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the positive test after the match, telling Fox: “This is a bitter night for us.”
Turner was 0-for-3 with two strokes before leaving the game to begin the eighth inning. The team gave no reason for him to leave when he left.
“Thanks to everyone who reached out!” Turner wrote on Twitter after the game. “I feel great, no symptoms at all. I just experienced every emotion you can imagine. I can’t believe I couldn’t be there to celebrate with my boys! So proud of this team and incredibly happy for the city of LA # WorldSeriesChamps. “
The MLB statement on Wednesday said additional testing was being applied.
“Nasal swabs were held last night at the Dodgers’ traveling party,” the league said. “Both Beams and Dodgers were tested again today and their trip back to their hometowns will be determined once approved by the relevant authorities.”