David Ortiz Undergoes More Surgery After Shooting

Leo Ortiz with other relatives at the hospital where his son Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized after being shot in the Dominican Republic

Leo Ortiz with other relatives at the hospital where his son Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized after being shot in the Dominican Republic

Retired Red Sox icon David Ortiz underwent a second surgery at a Boston hospital for injuries suffered when he was shot in the back Sunday night at a bar in the Dominican Republic in what appeared to be a targeted ambush attack, the former baseball player's wife said in a statement Tuesday.

His father added: "Big Papi will be around for a long time". Ortiz was sitting at an outdoor table at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo when two men drove up on a motorcycle.

Ortiz, among the most popular players in Red Sox history, was shot in the back at close range Sunday night as he sat at a streetside bar and lounge in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital.

Authorities have both men in custody but have only identified the driver.

One of Major League Baseball's most revered modern day athletes was rushed to hospital after suffering a gunshot wound in the Dominican Republic on June 9.

Tiffany Ortiz stated Big Papi is "resting comfortably" after having a second surgery upon arriving in Boston on Monday. Jhoel Lopez, a television host who was at the club with Ortiz, was also shot.

Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his colon and intestines.

Eliezer Salvador, a friend of Ortiz's who said he drove the slugger to the hospital in the aftermath of the shooting, told The Associated Press he asked Ortiz if he knew of any enemies who would want to have him killed. But the gunman has not been arrested, and investigators were trying to establish whether Ortiz was the target.

Ortiz was then taken by ambulance, with a police escort, to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he will continue to receive medical attention.

"He finds himself in a good state of mind and is waiting to travel to Boston ... to see his personal doctors and his wife", said Dr. Jose Abel Gonzalez, one of the surgeons who saved the All-Star's life.

"We can not live in that anxiety that every time you go out of your house, a [thug] comes and takes away what you have on you, " the slugger said.

Obama referenced Ortiz's famous speech at Fenway Park in April 2013 ("This is our f--ing city!") just days after the Boston Marathon bombings that helped unite the city in a time of distress.

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