BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 11:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox enters the dugout after batting practice before the Red Sox home opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Mastermind of David Ortiz attack arrested
02:11 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

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.

“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.”

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.

Several people have been arrested, including Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez, the alleged mastermind of the plot.