Former Boston Red Sox Star Improving From Surgery
Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is “able to be seated up as well as take some steps” as he carry on to improve from surgery after being shot in the back.
The three-time World Series champion was shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday and leftovers in a concentrated care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“His condition is protected and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days,” the 43-year-old’s wife, Tiffany, said.
Tiffany said that, Ortiz is “making good progress towards retrieval”.
Surgeons in the Dominican Republic worked for six hours to repair his wounds before Ortiz, who ended his 20-year Major League Baseball career in 2016, was flown to Boston once he was in a steady situation on Monday before having further surgery.
Dominican specialists said Ortiz was the target of an orchestrated plot to kill him.
At a news meeting on Wednesday afternoon, specialists said a group was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos (around £6,300) to kill Ortiz.
Five people involved in the violence, including the unproven gunman who shot Ortiz at close range, have been under arrest and the handgun used has been recovered. The system added that the motive has yet to been resolute.
A chosen hitter and first baseman, Ortiz helped Boston win a first World Series title in 86 years in 2004 before further triumphs in 2007 and 2013.