Published: Wed, June 12, 2019

Beloved David Ortiz stable after being shot in Dominican Republic

Beloved David Ortiz stable after being shot in Dominican Republic

Ortiz, 43, "underwent a successful second surgery", his wife, Tiffany, said in a statement released through the Red Sox on Tuesday.

"On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the awesome staff at Massachusetts General Hospital".

Police did not confirm the suspects' motive, but a rep for Ortiz, Leo Lopez, said, "There is not a single doubt that this was an act of hired killers".

A spokesman said that David Ortiz has taken his first steps since being shot in the back Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

Ortiz was transported to Boston on Monday and underwent exploratory surgery late in the evening. Ortiz also sustained liver damage, Lopez added.

"Doctors say that David is out of danger, thank God", he told ESPN. "What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly".

Eddy Feliz Garcia confessed to having a role in Sunday's shooting but claimed that he was not the one who pulled the trigger, according to ABC News. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the Dominican National Police, said a group of people at the bar surrounded the suspect and beat him before police arrived, per ESPN. He was released into police custody and has yet to be charged in connection with the shooting.

Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy said the incident "shocked us to the core". Two others were also wounded during the attack.

Police did not identify the third person or detail that person's injuries. In the US, fans prayed for his recovery. "Get well soon, Papi".

Ortiz played 20 Major League Baseball seasons before retiring at the end of the 2016 season. The slugger is third on the Red Sox's all-time RBI list and second in home runs.

He retired after his 2016 season and lives part of the year in the Dominican Republican, where he is known to frequent the nightlife scene. A 10-time All Star, he spent 14 years with the Red Sox and, in 2004, helped the club win their first World Series since 1918. He was named World Series Most Valuable Player for his performance against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013.

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