It was a terrifying Sunday for Red Sox fans as news came out that David Ortiz was shot in a club/restaurant in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Details were sparse for part of the night, but the news has become somewhat clearer in the morning and the good news is Ortiz is expected to make a full recovery. That news comes from his father, via Dionisio Soldevilla.
Padre de David Ortiz dice que David ya esta en reposo, no hubo organos afectados y se espera recuperación total.— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) June 10, 2019
According to reports, Ortiz was rushed into surgery after the event but the shooting did not affect any organs. Police have said the Red Sox legend was ambushed by a man getting off a motorcycle before 9:00 PM ET on Sunday night at the Dial Bar and Lounge. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrian Bautista Almonte says the gunman was beaten by a crowd at the bar.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, offered the following public statement.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops, but right now fortunately the news is about as good as we can hope. Recover quickly, David. Red Sox nation has you in their thoughts.
UPDATE: Ortiz suffered damage to his liver and gall bladder, and parts of his colon were removed.
Overnight update on David Ortiz: In the shooting, he suffered liver damage and his gall bladder and parts of his colon were removed. Follow Enrique and @MarlyRiveraESPN for the latest information on Big Papi. https://t.co/0p62jhgXXW— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 10, 2019
In a press conference Monday afternoon, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy described Ortiz’s condition as “serious but stable enough to be transported to Boston.”