Nationals shortstop Trea Turner removed from game after positive COVID test

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Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was removed from Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning after testing positive for COVID-19.

Turner singled and scored on Josh Bell's home run in the top of the first inning then disappeared into the clubhouse and was replaced in the bottom of the inning by Gerardo Parra.

The Nationals later announced the positive test was the reason for his mid-game departure.

The incident was similar to what happened in Game 6 of last year's World Series, when Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was removed from the game when his positive test was confirmed.

Trea Turner slides safely into third base in the top of the first inning against the Phillies in Tuesday's game at Citizens Bank Park.
Trea Turner slides safely into third base in the top of the first inning against the Phillies in Tuesday's game at Citizens Bank Park.

The Nationals shortstop became the second MLB player of the day to test positive for COVID-19.

Earlier, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was placed into quarantine following his positive test.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Nationals' Trea Turner removed vs. Phillies for positive COVID test