As the Dodgers were six outs away from clinching their first championship in over 30 years, Justin Turner, superstar third baseman, was taken out of the game randomly.
It was reported afterward that he had tested positive for COVID-19. After the game, he came back out and celebrated with his team without a mask. This broke a number of MLB protocols during the pandemic. MLB has released a statement:
It’s immediately noted that the information from the investigation does “not exonerate” JT but “puts into context” his decision to leave quarantine. He, according to the report, went back out after receiving permission from a Dodger employee. It’s noted that this has been chalked down to miscommunication.
Justin Turner apologized for his part. The free agent is a former All-Star and looks to get one final big deal. The 35 year old has strong defense to go along with a lifetime .838 OPS between stints with the Orioles, Mets and Dodgers.