Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

David Ortiz's wife Tiffany issues statement updating Big Papi's health

David Ortiz's wife Tiffany issues statement updating Big Papi's health

The Red Sox legend was transported from Boston's Logan Airport to Massachusetts General Hospital by ambulance with a police escort.

Leo Ortiz added: "Big Papi will be around for a long time".

Ortiz' wife, Tiffany, released a new statement this afternoon. "We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery".

Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season and lives at least part of the year in the Dominican Republic, is often seen getting his cars washed and hanging out with friends, including other baseball players, artists and entertainers.

In a continued effort to document these events, today Rivera is traveling to Boston, while Rojas is in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

While Ortiz is recovering in Boston, authorities in the Dominican Republic are continuing to probe the shooting. A representative of Ortiz has said that, contrary to initial reports, this was not a robbery attempt, calling this "an act of hired killers", but denied that it had anything to do with a woman. He was apprehended and then beaten by a crowd at the venue and suffered injuries to his head and legs.

Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, was speaking to Ortiz at the bar when the shooting broke out and was also injured, according to The Associated Press.

Dominican National Police squashed rumors that a police officer was involved with the shooting, telling the Washington Post that such reports were "categorically" false.

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According to ESPN Deportes, police have the suspected gunman and the suspected driver of the motorcycle in custody.

Police are searching for a second suspect.

Ortiz's father, Leo, told reporters he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

Dominican National Police spokesman Felix Duran Mejia told CNN the incident occurred at the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo, where he was born.

The Red Sox held a moment of prayer for Ortiz prior to their home game Monday night against the Texas Rangers. "He is a superhero without a cape", Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday.

Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships - including, in 2004, their first title in 86 years of futility. A message reading "We send our love to David Ortiz" was flashed on one of the ballpark's scoreboards.

"It hurts me", Pedro said through his tears. "And so it's appropriate and expected that this community would rally around David when he needs us the most", Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday. But it hurts me.

"I just can't take it", Pedro said. "I'm here sitting with you guys and I'm trying to have fun, but my heart is with David, with his family, with everybody that cares about David".

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