Red Sox' David Ortiz Underwent Successful Surgery at Massachusetts General

David Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016 and the Red Sox retired his number in 2017

AP David Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016 and the Red Sox retired his number in 2017

The Boston Red Sox and fans pause for a moment for former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was shot Sunday evening in the Dominican Republic, before a baseball game against in Boston yesterday.

We've seen an outpouring of well-wishes from all over, and his former manager Terry Francona, who managed the Sox for eight seasons, shared his thoughts on Ortiz on Tuesday before the Cleveland Indians' game against the Cincinnati Reds, calling him a "special person".

"On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the wonderful staff at Massachusetts General Hospital". Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly hard time.

Eliezer Salvador, a witness who drove Ortiz to the hospital, said the gunman said nothing, and just fired once.

David Ortiz's former Boston Red Sox teammate Jason Varitek held back tears as he addressed the media at Fenway Park on Monday. Frank Duran Mejia had mistakenly identified Garcia as the suspected shooter.

Ortiz's father, Leo, said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son. He first underwent surgery at a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where "Big Papi" was born and raised.

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Pedro went on to say Ortiz is like a brother to him.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where he was being treated, causing a traffic jam. He was released into police custody and has yet to be charged in connection with the shooting.

Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships - including, in 2004, their first title in 86 years of futility.

"We all remember in 2013, when we needed David Ortiz the most, he was there for us in late April".

He had helped rally the city after the Boston Marathon bombings that year, giving a speech at Fenway Park, telling the crowd to stay "Boston strong".

Ortiz is 17th in the all-time home run tables, having hit 541 in his 20-season career. He maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

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