Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is out of surgery, in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery after he was shot in the back in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night.
According to CDN News in the Dominican, Ortiz was shot outside a bar in Santo Domingo. Initial reports said Ortiz, 43, was shot in the leg, but CDN later reported that he was shot in the back, with the bullet exiting through his stomach.
Multiple reports, including Ortiz's father, Leo, and his brother, Eloy, said the Red Sox great is out of surgery. His father said a total recovery is expected.
David Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, said that David is currently resting after surgery and that no organs were affected by the bullet. They anticipate a total recovery. https://t.co/YvNfd3bVA6— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Eloy Ortiz, David Ortiz's brother, said that he's out of surgery and is okay. https://t.co/yXJHdYBz9x— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Dominican journalist Dionisio Soldevila reported that Ortiz told the emergency room doctor: "Please don't let me die. I'm a good man." He added that the chief of police told him Ortiz was in stable condition.
CDN reported that one suspect in the shooting was arrested and multiple suspects have been detained.
The Red Sox released a statement early Monday morning confirming the Ortiz news and have offered the use of a private plane for him.
The #RedSox released a statement confirming with his family that David Ortiz was shot in the lower back/abdominal region and he’s recovering after surgery.
Thinking of Big Papi and hope everything is going to be okay for him. What an awful thing that happened. pic.twitter.com/mpKyeMtlRs— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) June 10, 2019
Ortiz retired in 2016 as one of the greatest players in franchise history. The three-time World Series champion hit .286 and slammed 541 home runs in his career, including 483 in Boston.
UPDATE: Security video of the shooting. At the :28 mark, you can see a gun fired at the top of the screen.
Dionisio Soldevila, a sports writer in the Dominican Tweeted that "Chief of Police says David Ortiz is stable and asks not to speculate on mobile".
11:25 pm Update:
After initial reports characterized the shooting as a robbery ESPN'S Jeff Passan reported that police are now saying it was not a robbery.
Police in the Dominican Republic are saying the gunshot wound suffered by David Ortiz was not from an attempted robbery, as initially speculated. Alleged video of the incident shows a man walking up to a bar, aiming almost point blank and firing a gun. https://t.co/lFSmXaylum— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 10, 2019
Ortiz's former Red Sox teammate, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, sent out a heartfelt message on Twitter upon hearing the news of his friend's shooting.
I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) June 10, 2019
Me siento tranquilo de saber que estás fuera de peligro, usted es fuerte Compai, ya quiero oírle la voz. Orando, nos vemos pronto pic.twitter.com/jdSnNsM7eI
UPDATE (Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. ET): Surgeons had to remove parts of Ortiz's intestines and colon as well as his gallbladder during a six-hour surgery late Sunday night, Ortiz's media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.
The ex-Red Sox slugger is doing "fine" and is "out of danger," according to Lopez, but will remain in intensive care for the next 24 hours.
Ortiz's father, Leo, said doctors told him David will recover quickly and added, "Big Papi will be around for a long time."
UPDATE (Monday, June 10, 5:30 p.m. ET): Doctors confirm to the Boston Glove's Maria Cramer that Ortiz's liver and small and large intestines were damaged by the bullet. His gall bladder was not hit.
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