Boston Red Sox

David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox salutes as he round second base after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the New York Yankees during a game at Yankee Stadium on May 6, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Red Sox legend David Ortiz remains in intensive care as he recovers from a damaging gunshot wound suffered in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Now the team is arranging to bring Ortiz back to Boston.

President Sam Kennedy told reporters on Monday that Ortiz is stable enough to be airlifted to Boston for care at Mass. General Hospital. He could arrive as soon as Monday night (via Jen McCaffrey).

Ortiz underwent emergency surgery overnight after the incident, in which a man walked up to Ortiz at an outdoor restaurant and shot him through his back and side area. Ortiz suffered organ damage and other major injuries associated with gunshot wounds, but nothing life-threatening.

Nonetheless, it’s a scary time for Ortiz and his family, the Red Sox, and the baseball & Boston sports world. Thoughts & prayers have poured in for “Big Papi” in the wake of the news. It’s certainly a positive development that he’s stable enough to be flown to Boston, where he will get some of the best possible care in the world.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at