"They're definitely looking at a police officer in the shooting, " the source said. "Big Papi will be around for a long time", he said.
Ortiz has been alert, has spoken to his family and "even flashed that smile", his media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN. Police have said the shooting was not a robbery. He is Eddy Feliz Garcia and he was previously arrest for drug possession in 2017.
Police said it is unclear whether Ortiz was targeted.
An angry mob was caught on cellphone video later beating and kicking Garcia as he cowered on the ground on a street nearby. Local authorities are waiting for him to undergo treatment before questioning him. Salvador then drove a wounded Ortiz to the hospital, telling reporters they had a brief conversation in the vehicle as he urged the baseball great to stay calm and breathe. Ortiz begged as he was rushed into the emergency room.
"On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank (owners) John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, (president) 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 incredible staff at Massachusetts General Hospital". He was soon taken into custody by the police.
Ortiz, a fearsome hitter, is one of the most beloved figures in sports history in the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Abel Gonzalez, who performed the surgery, said part of Ortiz's intestines and liver were removed. "Because just one coward out there that wanted to do that to someone that didn't deserve it". Police are unsure if Ortiz was supposed to be the target of the attack.
A spokesperson for the three-time World Series champion, who is fondly called "Big Papi" by fans, doesn't think the shooting was a robbery attempt. He was named the series' MVP in 2013.
Ortiz' wife, Tiffany, released a new statement this afternoon.
"I didn't sleep very well last night", Varitek said.
"I would reach back grabbing his hand and driving with the other", Salvador said of the ride to the hospital.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora has not yet reached out to Ortiz, his Red Sox teammate from 2005-08.
"That was no robbery, that was a hit, and they better get to the bottom of it, " he said. "You got this David Ortiz, we love you bro!" Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own.
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