Major League Baseball said on Wednesday it would launch an investigation into the actions of the Los Angeles Dodgers infielder. Justin Turner, Was pulled from World Series 6 after testing positive for COVID-19, but returned to the field after the game to celebrate the title with his teammates.
In a statement, the league criticized the senior third baseman, saying the MLP had put everyone around him in danger despite being told not to return to the defensive field.
“… It is clear that following the Dodgers’ victory, Turner chose to ignore agreed collective ethics and the instructions given to him regarding the safety and security of others,” it said. “While the desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to isolate and enter the field was wrong, endangering everyone he contacted. When MLP Security raised the issue of being on the field with Turner, he refused to comply.”
Turner tested positive and won the team’s World Series 3-1 in Game 6 against Tampa Bay Race on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.
MLP Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the positive test after the game, telling Fox: “This is a bittersweet night for us.”
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 departure when he left.
“Thanks to everyone who went!” Turner tweeted after the game. “I feel fine, no symptoms. I’ve experienced every emotion you can imagine. I can not believe I can not be out to celebrate with my teammates!
The MLP said in a statement on Wednesday that further testing was underway.
“Last night, the Dodgers travel party was held in Nazi cloth,” the league said. “Both Rays and Dodgers were re-tested today, and their travel to their hometowns will be determined after approval by the appropriate authorities.”