Former Boston Red Sox slugger and Dominican star David Ortiz was shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and underwent surgery at an area clinic. One of the doctors who performed the surgery told Dominican TV station CDN 37 that Ortiz is out of danger.
A person who was at the scene told ESPN that Ortiz was wounded by a man, who is being detained, while Ortiz was in the “Dial” club in the eastern part of the Dominican capital.
Dionisio Soldevila, a reporter from the Dominican who hosts a radio show with ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, told ESPN he spoke with the doctor who first treated Ortiz and was told Ortiz was shot in the lower back and that the bullet went through and came out his stomach. According to Soldevila, Ortiz told his doctors, “Please don’t let me die. I’m a good man.”
Ortiz is being treated at the Dr. Abel González clinic.
Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, told Rojas via telephone from the Dominican Republic that he was still trying to figure out what happened when the news of the shooting first broke.
Hall of Fame pitcher and fellow Dominican Pedro Martinez was among several current and former baseball players to send out tweets in support of Ortiz.
Ortiz, who was born in Santo Domingo, played major league baseball for 20 seasons but was best known for the 14 years he spent with Boston.
The 43-year-old made 10 All-Star teams and won three World Series with the Red Sox, before retiring in 2016. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox knock off the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2.
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