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Elephant Rumblings: Dodgers report 9 coronavirus cases over several days

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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

Within minutes of winning the 2020 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers already found themselves in the middle of baseball’s next controversy.

Third baseman Justin Turner had been pulled from the clinching game due to a positive coronavirus test, but he violated the league’s isolation orders to return to the field and celebrate with his teammates. He received instant and harsh criticism from fans and the media for putting the rest of the bubble at further risk, but MLB chose not to discipline him in any way after a public apology and internal investigation.

The last few days brought the seemingly inevitable next step in the story. The Dodgers have reported nine new coronavirus cases among their team and staff, plus one more family member, per Minyvonne Burke of NBC. Five were known by Thursday, with more coming to light on Saturday.

Of course we can’t know for sure that Turner’s post-game actions were directly responsible for these new positive tests. Even if we assume he was the source of the outbreak, remember that he had already been exposed to his teammates throughout the day beforehand and for several innings of play — the spread may have already occurred before he even exited the game. But that doesn’t excuse his decisions, and it’s still easy to wonder if the added exposure time played a role in any of the new cases.

Please stay safe, everyone. Wear your masks, keep your circle small, take extra care of your personal health, and be kind to each other.

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