David Ortiz takes first steps after undergoing 2nd surgery at MGH

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

The Red Sox issued a statement on Tuesday morning on behalf of David Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, with an update on Big Papi's recovery.

In it, Tiffany said, "David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery".

The 10-time All-Star underwent another surgery on Monday and is now recovering in the ICU, where he'll remain for several days.

Doctors are hopeful he will make a full recovery.

ESPN's Enrique Rojas tweeted Monday afternoon that Dr. Abel Gonzalez, who performed the surgery in the Dominican Republic, had said Ortiz was in stable enough condition to travel.

Police did not confirm the suspects' motive, but a rep for Ortiz, Leo Lopez, said, "There is not a single doubt that this was an act of hired killers".

Bystanders apprehended one of the men, identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, and beat and stomped him until police arrived.

The shooting prompted Ortiz to reportedly plead with the emergency room doctor "Please don't let me die, I'm a good man".

Garcia suffered a cranium contusion and trauma to his thorax, left knee and right leg, according to the Dominican Republic's National Health Service. He was named an All-Star 10 times and helped the Red Sox win World Series championships in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

Ortiz has received an outpouring of support - both in Boston and across the sporting world - since the shooting.

In the United States, fans prayed for his recovery and wished him well, with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman assuring him on Instagram: "Papi, all of New England has your back". His father Leo told reporters that his son was recovering. He was treated at the Dario Contreras Hospital in Santo Domingo and then released to police custody.

Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.

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

The Red Sox arranged for an air ambulance to transport Ortiz from the Dominican Republic to Boston.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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