David Ortiz Is "Resting Comfortably" at Mass General after another Surgery

Saul Bowman
June 13, 2019

Dominican Police identified the shooter as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25, who witnesses claim climbed off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz from a short distance.

David Ortiz's media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN that Ortiz was in surgery until about 1 a.m. on June 11 and is recovering in intensive care.

Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, 43, is believed to have suffered organ damage when he was sacked at in a Santo Domingo club about 8:50 p.m. local time.

The second suspect was arrested Tuesday evening.

Few have offered thoughts as heartfelt, however, as Pedro Martinez, the three-time Cy Young victor who spent seven years with the Red Sox and two alongside "Big Papi" in Boston. Once in Boston, he underwent two hours of exploratory surgery.

"This is our [expletive] city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom", Ortiz said before the Red Sox faced the Kansas City Royals in Boston. Surgeons there operated for six hours to fix damage to his intestines and liver, also removing his gallbladder.

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".

Dominican National Police spokesman Felix Duran Mejia said the incident occurred at the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo.

There's no denying David Ortiz left a big impact on a lot of people.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where he was being treated, causing a traffic jam. On Tuesday, Francona said he spoke with one of the doctors who is treating Ortiz in Boston and said the retired slugger is "in great hands".

Ortiz began his career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career took off after he joined the Red Sox. He won three World Series whilst hitting with Boston and was an All Star on 10 separate occasions. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

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