Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
The Official Site of the Boston Red Sox
news

Red Sox News

Big Papi 'in good spirits' after third surgery

July 11, 2019

Retired slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after being shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic on June 9. The Red Sox issued a statement on behalf of Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, on Thursday. "Earlier this week, David underwent a third surgery for complications resulting from his gunshot

Retired slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after being shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic on June 9.

The Red Sox issued a statement on behalf of Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, on Thursday.

"Earlier this week, David underwent a third surgery for complications resulting from his gunshot wound," Tiffany Ortiz said. The operation was performed by Dr. David King at Massachusetts General Hospital. David is recovering well and is in good spirits.

"We continue to be incredibly appreciative of the kindness and compassion shown to David and to our entire family during this difficult time."

The 43-year-old Ortiz was shot once in the back at point-blank range at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo. Two others were also wounded in the incident, including Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican television host who was with Ortiz. The former Red Sox designated hitter underwent emergency surgery in Santo Domingo to address damaged organs before he was flown to Boston for further treatment.

On June 19, authorities in the Dominican Republic confirmed that Ortiz was not the intended target of the shooting.

Thomas Harrigan is a reporter for MLB.com.