The latest on David Ortiz as he recovers from a shooting in the Dominican Republic:
(This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available)
The Red Sox are holding a press conference this afternoon, presumably on the ongoing situation with Ortiz.
NESN will carry Red Sox press conference live, beginning at 3:30 p.m. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and EVP/assistant GM Eddie Romero are expected to speak, followed by Sox manager Alex Cora— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) June 10, 2019
ESPN is reporting that the Red Sox have sent a plane to the Dominican Republic and Ortiz will be flown to Boston for additional treatment. Doctor Abel Gonzalez says Ortiz is stable enough to travel.
David Ortiz update from @Enrique_Rojas1 who just arrived in the DR: Red Sox plane is about to land in the Dominican Republic. Medical authorities have authorized his transfer once the plane is ready for transport. “His condition is stable enough to travel,” per Dr. Abel González.— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
According to The Boston Globe and local media reports in the Dominican, the plan now calls for Ortiz to be moved to Boston for additional treatment in the near future.
“A team source said the Red Sox and Massachusetts General Hospital are working with Ortiz’s family to determine when he can be safely moved to Boston for further care,” the Globe reported.
Dionisio Soldevila, a Dominican sports writer who has been covering the shooting, also indicated that the hope is to transfer Ortiz to Boston.
Me informan que David Ortiz será llevado a Boston inmediatamente esté lo suficientemente estable para viajar.— Dionisio Soldevila (@dSoldevila) June 10, 2019
The Globe also reported additional details on the nature of Ortiz’s injuries.
“Ortiz was hit by a bullet on his right side, according to a person briefed by his medical team. He experienced limited blood loss and is in stable condition. But part of his colon was removed, and he also suffered injuries to his gall bladder and limited damage to his liver, according to the person,” the Globe wrote.
It was reported earlier Monday that doctors removed Ortiz’s gall bladder following the gunshot wound.
Reports out of the Dominican this morning indicate that David Ortiz remains in intensive care, but is still in stable condition after being wounded by a gunshot Sunday night in Santo Domingo.
ESPN is now reporting that Ortiz’s surgery lasted well into the overnight hours.
According to Leo López, who works as David Ortiz’s assistant and press representative, his last surgery ended at 3:30am and he’ll remain in intensive care for the next 24 hours. López said doctors had to remove Ortiz’s gallbladder and control bleeding from his liver and bowel.— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Rivera went on to report that Ortiz is expected to stay in intensive care for at least the next 24 hours.
This is the last information we have on David Ortiz’s condition. He’s currently in intensive care, where he will remain for at least the next 24 hours. It’s worth noting that he’s reported to be in stable condition. We’ll update you after @Enrique_Rojas1 arrives at the clinic. https://t.co/bRUOQ9wrBb— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
The Associated Press reports Ortiz was shot by a gunman who jumped off a motorcycle and fired at him from point blank range.
Citing Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte, the AP said the suspect approached Ortiz from behind and shot him at a bar in Santo Domingo.
The alleged gunman was confronted and was beaten by a crowd of onlookers, according to Bautista. Police will be questioning him after he undergoes treatment for his injuries.
According to the AP, Bautista said two more people were injured in the shooting, including a Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz at the time.
No motive has been determined and officials will work to determine if Ortiz was the intended target of the attack.