Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz underwent a second surgery shortly after he arrived in Massachusetts and is now resting comfortably, his family said Tuesday.
The fearsome designated hitter Ortiz, known as “Big Papi,” was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday after he was shot and nearly killed in his native Dominican Republic over the weekend.
“David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery,” wife Tiffany Ortiz she said in a statement released Tuesday through the Red Sox. “He is stable, awake, and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days.”
Tiffany Ortiz thanked the team — singling out owner John Henry, his wife Linda Henry, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and president Sam Kennedy — and baseball fans for their outpouring of support.
BOSTON – SEPTEMBER 12: Red Sox DH David Ortiz, right, hit a two run walk off ninth inning home run to lift Boston to a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay. Here, as the fans go wild, he is mobbed at the plate by his teammates, including Curt Schilling, left, and Kevin Youkilis, center, as home plate umpire Greg Gibson, blue shirt, watches closely to make sure he steps on the plate. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
“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,” according to the wife’s statement.
“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.”
The Red Sox icon’s 14-year-old son, D’Angelo, posted a picture of his dad on Instagram with the tribute: “Pops I Love u there is nobody stronger then u it’s only a matter of days till ur up running around doing ur thing again I love u pops endlessly and everybody is praying for you right now love you.”
Prior to being flowing to Massachusetts for treatment, the 43-year-old baseball legend had his gallbladder and part of his intestine removed by surgeons in the Dominican Republic, hours after he was nearly killed at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Sunday night.
A gunman approached Ortiz from behind and shot him at close range, authorities said.
The alleged shooter, Eddy Feliz Garcia, was arrested at the scene after bar patrons severely beat him before police arrived. An accomplice, who fled the scene, was not immediately caught or identified.