Baseball Star David Ortiz Back in Boston After Attack in the Dominican Republic

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Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles June 15, 2013. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was flown to Boston, Massachusetts on June 10, a day after he was shot and seriously injured in his native Dominican Republic.

Ortiz, better known in Boston as “Big Papi,” was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in East Santo Domingo on June 9 when he was shot by a gunman at close range, authorities said. The bullet entered Ortiz’s back and exited through his abdomen.

The 43-year-old underwent six hours of surgery at Dr. Abel González’s clinic in Santo Domingo, Ortiz’s longtime assistant Leo López told reporters. Doctors in the Dominican Republic removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine, The New York Times reported. Ortiz also sustained damage to his liver but was in stable condition.

“We were just hanging out and going about our way,” Ortiz’s brother Eloy said,…

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