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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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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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