Baseball's David Ortiz walks after surgery; second man arrested in shooting

Police in the Dominican Republic were investigating why a man shot and wounded former Boston Red Sox slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz as he sat in a nightclub late on Sunday (June 9), police and the team said.

David "Big Papi" Ortiz is stable, awake and resting comfortably following a second surgery, per his wife, Tiffany Ortiz.

Ortiz has been alert, has spoken to his family and "even flashed that smile", his media assistant, Leo Lopez, told ESPN.

The second suspect was arrested Tuesday evening.

Doctors in Santo Domingo removed Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestines, and the former ballplayer was then flown to Boston for further treatment Monday night, undergoing two hours of exploratory surgery. "We ask for privacy as David works toward recovery".

Ortiz, a 43-year-old retired baseball star still beloved in Boston for his role on three World Series-winning teams, was recovering in a hospital in Santo Domingo on Monday from a bullet wound to his back, the Red Sox said.

"David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery. He represents a lot", Jimenez said.

Spokeswoman Julieta Tejeda reported the arrest to a group of journalists via WhatsApp on Tuesday night.

One suspect, 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia, faced a judge Tuesday night on a charge of accomplice to attempted murder.

He said the gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar. One person in custody, another still wanted.

A suspect has been identified, but the motive in the shooting remains unclear.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said. Leo Ortiz told local media he had no idea why his son would have been targeted.

Fans at walk past a photograph of Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz before a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Oct. 1, 2016.

A spokesman said that David Ortiz has taken his first steps since being shot in the back Sunday in the Dominican Republic. He was a 10-time All-Star player and two-time World Series MVP.

The veteran manager said Ortiz was more than just the charismatic face of the Red Sox.


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