David Ortiz Back In Boston After Shooting Incident

Big Papi is said to be back and resting comfortably.

The New York Times reports that Boston Red Sox star, David Ortiz is back in Boston recovering after having a second surgery Monday night to repair injuries he suffered after being shot in the back.

 

Ortiz, 43, was shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, D.R. on Sunday evening. A man approached Ortiz from behind at a bar and shot the athlete in the back.

The star’s gallbladder and part of his intestines were removed during the operation, said Abel Gonzalez, one of the doctors who operated on Ortiz at his clinic. Ortiz’s liver was also damaged.

His wife, Tiffany, said in a statement issued by the team that [he] is expected to remain in the ICU for the next ‘several days’. And that Ortiz is currently “stable, awake and resting comfortably” at MGH, according to the statement.

Information surrounding the shooting is minimal and is still under investigation the authorities said, but they ruled out an attempted robbery. Security footage obtained from the bar by police showed Ortiz falling over and out of his chair after the shooter approached him and fired.

Police detained Eddy Feliz García, 25, who was believed to be the driver of the motorcycle that fled the scene after the shooting, according to Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the national police.

Ortiz retired in 2016 with 541 home runs, 17th-most in major league history. He has raised millions of dollars through his foundation to help children’s medical needs in New England and the Dominican Republic.

You can read the Boston Red Sox full statement here.

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