David Ortiz undergoes more surgery in Boston after shooting

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A wounded David Ortiz was recovering from exploratory surgery in Boston on Tuesday as investigators in his native Dominican Republic tried to figure out who shot the former Red Sox slugger and why.

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, fans at walk past a photograph of Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz before a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston. Ortiz was back in Boston for medical care after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic. A plane carrying the 43-year-old retired athlete landed Monday night, June 10, 2019, after a flight from the Dominican Republic, the team said. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)


Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, said in a statement that Big Papi was "stable, awake and resting comfortably" in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and was expected to remain there for several days.

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.

Ortiz was shot at close range in the torso Sunday night by a gunman who approached him from behind at a Santo Domingo bar, authorities said.

Police have said the operator of the motorcycle carrying the assailant was captured and beaten by a crowd at the bar. But the gunman has not been arrested, and investigators were trying to establish whether Ortiz was the target.

Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships — including, in 2004, their first title in 86 years of futility.

With his ferocious swing and his big smile, Ortiz became one of the most beloved sports heroes in Boston history. Fans responded to the shooting with an outpouring of prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery.