Ortiz takes first steps following second surgery

  • Ortiz takes first steps following second surgery

Ortiz takes first steps following second surgery

"We ask for privacy as David works toward recovery".

"Big Papi" David Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge when a gunman approached from behind and shot him in the back; Phil Keating reports.

David Ortiz underwent a second surgery in Boston.

Ortiz had been listed in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a Dominican Republic hospital earlier Monday following surgery for gunshot wounds.

He said Ortiz's liver was also damaged in the shooting on Sunday night.

Martinez played a major role in the Red Sox signing Ortiz before the 2003 season.

The 43-year-old retired athlete was flown to Boston on Monday night for further treatment, arriving in an air ambulance provided by the Red Sox, after doctors in the Dominican Republic removed his gallbladder and part of his intestine. Salvador recalled asking him, to which Ortiz replied: "No, my brother, I've never wronged anyone".

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

Reports have since surfaced that Big Papi was shot as a result of dealing with the wife of a drug lord, which might explain why the shooter came into the bar and only targeted him. Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the director of the Dominican National Police, said a group of people at the bar surrounded the suspect and beat him before police arrived, per ESPN.

The gunman was not immediately identified or arrested, and the motive for the shooting is under investigation, with authorities trying to determine whether Ortiz was the target.

In a statement, Tiffany Ortiz said her husband was "stable, awake, and resting comfortably".

After shooting Ortiz, he was apprehended and beaten by a crowd at the bar. He hit 541 career home runs, made 10 All-Star teams and won three World Series titles with Boston.

Two other people were wounded, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz.

The Red Sox held a moment of prayer for Ortiz prior to their home game Monday night against the Texas Rangers.

He also helped the Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013, capturing World Series MVP honors in the latter season.