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MLB investigating Justin Turner after on-field celebration following positive COVID test

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The Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball strongly criticized Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who left Tuesday night's game early after a positive COVID-19 test result came in during Game 6.

The Dodgers won the game, and the World Series, and despite having to leave the game thanks to his test, Turner came back onto the field of play to celebrate the historic victory with his teammates and family, something that became a major storyline to the Dodgers' victory.

One day later, Major League Baseball said Turner was in the wrong for returning to the field, putting the blame firmly on the Dodgers' player, who the league said disregarded league protocols.

"Turner was placed in isolation for the safety of those around him," Major League Baseball said in their statement. "However, following the Dodgers' victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others. While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner's decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk."

MLB said in the statement that their security team attempted to remove Turner from the field once more, but that the third baseman "emphatically refused to comply" with their wishes. Several photos of Turner in large crowds of players and families surfaced online Wednesday morning after reports of his positive test became public.

The league intends to look further into Turner's actions.

 

"The Commissioner's Office is beginning a full investigation into this matter and will consult with the Players Association," MLB said.

Both the Dodgers and Rays were tested again Wednesday morning prior to traveling back to their respective home cities.