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Retired baseball star David Ortiz shot in the back

12 June 2019

Ortiz since has undergone surgeries and was flown back to Boston where he arrived late Monday night.

The Red Sox issued a statement on Tuesday morning on behalf of David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, with an update on Big Papi's recovery.

"The statement continued", 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 unbelievable staff at Massachusetts General Hospital". '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 unbelievable staff at Massachusetts General Hospital'.

Shortly after he was shot, Ortiz was taken to Abel Gonzalez Center for Advanced Medicine in Santo Domingo, where he underwent his first surgery.

Bystanders apprehended one of the men, identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, and beat and stomped him until police arrived.

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".

His father added: "Big Papi will be around for a long time".

Two other people were injured during the ambush, including television presenter Jhoel López; police said they were investigating whether Ortiz was the intended target.

Prior to the start of the Red Sox game, a moment of reflection was held for Ortiz, a 10-time All-Star and a member of three Red Sox World Series championship teams.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where he was being treated, causing a traffic jam.

Ortiz retired from baseball following the 2016 season.

According to ESPN Deportes, police have the suspected gunman and the suspected driver of the motorcycle in custody.

Ortiz is 17th in the all-time home run tables, having hit 541 in his 20-season career. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora has not yet reached out to Ortiz, his Red Sox teammate from 2005-08. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

Retired baseball star David Ortiz shot in the back