Ortiz is recovering from surgery in a Boston hospital after being shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

By Emily Caron
June 11, 2019

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has taken his first steps after undergoing multiple surgeries this week, his spokesperson Leo Lopez told CNN on Tuesday.

Ortiz took a "few steps" at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with his wife, Tiffany, and his children by his side. Lopez was unable to provide CNN with additional details but said Ortiz will be in intensive care "for a while."

The Red Sox issued a statement on Tuesday morning on behalf of Tiffany Ortiz with an update on Big Papi's recovery.

"David arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital last night and underwent a successful second surgery," the statement said. "He is stable, awake, and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days."

The Boston legend was transported from the Dominican Republic, where he was shot on Sunday night, to Massachusetts General Hospital with help from the Red Sox organization. His wife said that Ortiz, who was reportedly recovering from organ damage as a result of the shooting, underwent a second surgery upon arriving at the hospital on Monday night and was in stable condition on Tuesday morning.

Tiffany also thanked the Red Sox for their help in getting her husband to Massachusetts General and asked for privacy as he continues to recover.

The statement concluded: "Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredibly difficult time. We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery."

Ortiz played for the Red Sox from 2004-16 and won three World Series with Boston in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The slugger is third on the Red Sox' all-time RBI list and second in home runs.

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