Pedro Martinez pays emotional tribute to David Ortiz

David Ortiz

He suffered damage to his liver and intestines, and underwent a six-hour, emergency surgery at a Dominican hospital before being transferred to Mass General Monday night. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"No, my brother", Ortiz replied, according to Salvador.

Lisa Blanco, wife of Dominican television presenter Joel Lopez who was wounded in a shooting incident along with former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz (Big Papi), talks to the press outside the clinic where both men are being treated after being shot while in a bar in the city of Santo Domingo on June 9, 2019.

Authorities said Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz in the back at almost point-blank range around 8:50 p.m. local time at the Dial Bar and Lounge.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspected gunman. The gunman has not been arrested, and police say they do not yet have a motive.

Dominican police said that 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia got off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz in the back while Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo Sunday evening. "He is a superhero without a cape", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday. Frank Duran Mejia had mistakenly identified Garcia as the suspected shooter.

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Ortiz was alert after the surgery, which lasted until about 1 a.m. ET, and "even flashed that smile" afterward, Lopez told ESPN.

Ortiz, who was born in Santo Domingo, played major league baseball for 20 seasons and is best known for the 14 years he spent with Boston. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star, and hit 541 home runs. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts".

Boston Red Sox's Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz laugh during the pregame ceremony to honor Ortiz's retirement before his last regular season home game at Fenway Park, Oct. 2, 2016 in Boston.

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