BOSTON — The Red Sox are hoping that by later tonight, David Ortiz will be in the medical care of the best doctors in the world.
Ortiz was shot in the back last night in the Dominican Republic, and reportedly underwent six hours of surgery where multiple organs were impacted.
"David's condition is still serious, but he's stable enough to be transported back to Boston for continued care," Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said.
Ortiz will be transported to Mass General Hospital by air ambulance, where he'll get continued treatment.
It's been an emotional afternoon at Fenway Park, as Kennedy and Jason Varitek have both gotten choked up talking about their larger-than-life friend.
Jason Varitek: “I didn’t sleep very well last night... I don’t think anybody did. “— Chris Mason (@ByChrisMason) June 10, 2019
Per the Associated Press:
Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.
Ortiz's father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there wasn't any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.
"He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting," Leo Ortiz said. "Big Papi will be around for a long time."
The Boston Red Sox, in a statement early Monday, said they have been notified by Ortiz's family that he sustained a gunshot wound to his "lower back/abdominal region" and that he is recovering after surgery.
The Red Sox said they offered the Ortiz family "all available resources to aid in his recovery" and they will continue to keep them in their hearts.
The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.
Two other people were wounded, Bautista said, including Jhoel López, a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz. Bautista said police believe López was wounded by the same bullet.
López was shot in the leg and his injuries were not life-threatening, said his wife, Liza Blanco, who is also a TV host.
Chris Mason is a Red Sox beat writer for the Eagle-Tribune and CNHI Sports Boston. Email him at email@example.com, and follow him on Twitter at @ByChrisMason