David Ortiz’s condition has been upgraded to “good” by doctors more than a week after the former Boston Red Sox star was shot in the Dominican Republic, his wife said Tuesday.
Ortiz remains at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and is in good condition, Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement issued via the Red Sox.
On the night of June 9, a gunman shot Ortiz in the lower back while he sitting on a crowded bar patio in Santo Domingo. The bullet passed through Ortiz, perforating his intestines and internal organs, and then hit his friend, TV talk-show host Jhoel Lopez, in the leg.
Following surgery in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was flown to Boston, where he underwent a second surgery.
Prosecutors in the Caribbean nation say a fugitive suspect paid for the would-be assassins who shot the former Red Sox slugger in a murder-for-hire plot. So far, there are 11 suspects in the case.
A friend of Ortiz – who shared a table with him at a patio bar in Santo Domingo – was the target of the bungled hit, Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez Sanchez said last week.
A total of 11 suspects are in custody and two more are on the run.