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David Ortiz had second surgery in Boston late Monday night, wife confirms

David Ortiz had second surgery in Boston late Monday night, wife confirms

David Ortiz was flown back to Boston on Monday night, and doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital wasted no time giving him additional medical treatment.

The former Boston Red Sox star underwent a second "exploratory" surgery in Boston late Monday night to treat the gunshot wound he suffered Sunday in the Dominican Republic, ESPN's Marly Rivera reported Tuesday.

According to Rivera, the surgery finished around 1 a.m. ET and Ortiz was declared in "stable condition," although he's still in intensive care and will be monitored closely over the next 24-48 hours.

Ortiz was shot in the lower back outside a bar in Santo Domingo on Sunday night and immediately taken to a local hospital, where he had a six-hour surgery to repair damage to his liver and intestines.

The Red Sox sent an air ambulance to the Dominican on Monday that brought Ortiz back to Boston just before 10:30 p.m. ET, per reports.

The latest reports suggest Ortiz still is expected to make a full recovery, but it sounds like that path to recovery may be a long one.

UPDATE (11:30 a.m. ET): The Red Sox issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, confirming he had a second surgery Monday night.

Here's Tiffany's statement:

“David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery. He is stable, awake, and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days.

“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 amazing staff at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly difficult time. We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery.”

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Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best center fielders in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

The Red Sox have employed all manner of center fielders throughout their history.

Whereas left field has generally been home to run producers and right to all-around threats, the men in the middle have covered a wide range of styles. There are straight speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury, defensive dynamos like Jackie Bradley Jr., fun-loving eccentric types like Johnny Damon, underappreciated standouts like Ellis Burks, and even plodding sluggers like Tony Armas.

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Only in recent years have the Red Sox consistently prioritized defense in the role, from Coco Crisp to Ellsbury to Bradley.

But that doesn't mean they haven't featured some talented players there, including a turn-of-century Hall of Famer, the younger brother of baseball royalty, and the one who fans over 50 still lament got away.

Click here for the Top 5 center fielders in Red Sox history.

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

MLB's Top 100 players for 2020 season: Numbers 100-76

There was once a time when a list of baseball's top 100 players would've been dominated by men in their 30s or even 40s. In 2004, for instance, the NL MVP was 39-year-old Barry Bonds and the Cy Young went to 41-year-old Roger Clemens. It was the seventh respective award for each.

We now can be almost certain that neither accomplishment was achieved without help, but if any good came from that era, it's that it forced baseball to address its PED problem, which means that a top 100 list now looks very different.

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Our list will reflect that shift. What it won't include are three pitchers guaranteed not to play in 2020 because of Tommy John surgery — Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, Luis Severino of the Yankees, and of course Chris Sale of the Red Sox.

Over the next four weeks, NBC Sports Boston will unveil its top 100 players, 25 at a time, and the list is dominated by youth. Never have young players been so essential to winning, whether it's 20-year-old Juan Soto helping lead the Nationals to last fall's shocking World Series title, or 23-year-old Cody Bellinger being named NL MVP.

Click here for Part 1: Players ranked 100th to 76th on our list.