Ortiz back in Boston, taken to local hospital

Leo Ortiz with other relatives at the hospital where his son Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized after being shot in the Dominican Republic

David Ortiz, a three-time World Series champion during his career with the Boston Red Sox, was shot in the back outside a discotheque in the Dominican Republic.

The Red Sox said in a statement that Ortiz was wounded in the "lower back/abdominal region" and that the team offered his family "all available resources to aid in his recovery".

Tiffany Ortiz stated Big Papi is "resting comfortably" after having a second surgery upon arriving in Boston on Monday. He said Ortiz will be flown to Boston once his condition improves. He said Ortiz's liver was also damaged in the shooting Sunday night.

Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. 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.

Ortiz retired from baseball following the 2016 season.

"They talk about superheroes without capes and he's a superhero without a cape", Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who a former teammate of Ortiz's in Boston, said during a pregame news conference.

Authorities said Ortiz, 43, was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at almost point-blank range around 8:50 p.m. local time Sunday at the Dial Bar and Lounge.


Ortiz, among the most popular players in Red Sox history, was shot in the back at close range Sunday night as he sat at a streetside bar and lounge in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital.

Police said Ortiz was shot at almost point-blank range by a man identified as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25.

Eliezer Salvador, who was at the scene, said the gunman said nothing, just fired once.

Two other people were injured during the ambush, including television presenter Jhoel López; police said they were investigating whether Ortiz was the intended target. Lopez suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was struck in the leg, apparently by the same bullet that hit Ortiz. "But I'm so disappointed to know that someone like David, who saved so many lives, can have someone after his life".

The Red Sox legend was transported from Boston's Logan Airport to Massachusetts General Hospital by ambulance with a police escort.

"So far, so good", Cora said here at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Ortiz maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

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