Justin Turner tested positive for COVID-19 and was pulled from the Los Angeles Dodgers' World Series-clinching win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Turner was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before coming out of the game to start the eighth inning. The team did not give a reason for his exit when he left.
"Thanks to everyone reaching out!" Turner tweeted after the game. "I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Can't believe I couldn't be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA #WorldSeriesChamps."
He was not immediately with his teammates as they celebrated the franchise's first World Series title since 1988. But the 35-year-old did return to the field with his wife about an hour after the game and took photos with the World Series trophy. He got a hug from longtime teammate Clayton Kershaw and sat front and center next to manager Dave Roberts for a team photo, occasionally lowering a mask he otherwise wore throughout the celebration.
Turner had been asked to isolate after the positive test but that no one stopped him from going on the field to celebrate, according to sources.