David Ortiz’s Wife Releases A New Statement

David Ortiz

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.

Doctors approved Ortiz's transfer to Boston on a plane sent to the Dominican Republic by the Red Sox.

His wife said that Ortiz, who was reportedly recovering from organ damage as a result of the shooting, underwent a second surgery upon arriving at the hospital on Monday night and is in stable condition as of Tuesday morning.

"Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredible hard time", her statement reads.

Ortiz, 43, had been airlifted to Boston Monday night on a medical air ambulance chartered by the Red Sox.

Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

Although initial reports suggested that Ortiz was shot during a robbery, police no longer believe that to be the case. He retired after his 2016 season and lives part of the year in the Dominican Republican, where he is known to frequent the nightlife scene.

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In the U.S., fans prayed for his recovery and wished him well, with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman assuring him on Instagram: "Papi, all of New England has your back".

CDN 37, a news station in the Dominican Republic, reported that Eddy Feliz Garcia, 23, was arrested on suspicion of shooting Ortiz. He was treated at a local hospital before being released into police custody.

"He's a very special person, not just to me, to a lot of people", Francona said, via MLB.com's Mandy Bell.

Prior to the start of the Red Sox game, a moment of reflection was held for Ortiz, a 10-time All-Star and a member of three Red Sox World Series championship teams.

Ortiz began his major league career by playing six seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002), but his career blossomed after he joined the Red Sox. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

He was hailed as a hero in Boston for rallying the city after the Boston Marathon bombing.

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