David Ortiz alert, smiling after second surgery in Boston

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

After being shot at a lounge in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday night, retired Red Sox legend David Ortiz is stable after undergoing a second surgery, this one at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The second surgery lasted until about 1 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Lopez said, without specifying any details. Even though Ortiz also suffered some liver damage as a result of the shooting, he's expected to make a full recovery.

With his ferocious swing and his big smile, Ortiz became one of the most beloved sports heroes in Boston history. A 10-time All Star, he spent 14 years with the Red Sox and, in 2004, helped the club win their first World Series since 1918.

Dozens of fans crowded the hospital in Santo Domingo where Ortiz was being treated, causing a traffic jam. In the USA, fans prayed for his recovery and wished him well, with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman assuring him on Instagram: "Papi, all of New England has your back".

The Red Sox arranged for Ortiz to be flown from the Dominican to Boston, and the slugger underwent another surgery upon arrival.

"They talk about superheroes without capes and he's a superhero without a cape", Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who a former teammate of Ortiz's in Boston, said during a pregame news conference. Police are unsure if Ortiz was supposed to be the target of the attack.

Dominican Police identified the shooter as Eddy Feliz Garcia, 25, who witnesses claim climbed off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz from a short distance.

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

"Do you have any problems with anyone?" Salvador recalled asking him, to which Ortiz replied: "No, my brother, I've never wronged anyone". Ortiz's father, Leo, told local media he had no idea why someone would have shot his son.

Police said it is unclear whether Ortiz was targeted.

Ortiz's rep, Leo Lopez, said the drive-by on Ortiz, known as "Big Papi, " was clearly "an act of hired killers".

The three-time World Series champion, 43, is recovering after surgery, the Red Sox said in a statement. Police believe López was wounded by the same bullet, said National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Ivan Nova, who's from the Dominican, said the shooting rattled him. "But I'm so disappointed to know that someone like David, who saved so many lives, can have someone after his life. It's a tough situation".

Ortiz is 17th in the all-time home run tables, having hit 541 in his 20-season career.

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