David Ortiz back in Boston after shooting in Dominican bar

Leo Ortiz with other relatives at the hospital where his son Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hospitalized after being shot in the Dominican Republic

David Ortiz was back in Boston for medical care after authorities said the former Red Sox slugger affectionately known as Big Papi was ambushed by a gunman at a bar in his native Dominican Republic.

The wife of Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz has released a new statement as her husband continues to recover from a gunshot wound.

The Red Sox arranged to fly him to Boston following an initial surgery in the Dominican Republic to fix damage to his organs. Ortiz's father told reporters the bullet entered his son's back and exited through his abdomen.

Big Papi and the 2013 Red Sox went on to win the World Series, earning them a trip to visit Obama in the White House in 2014, where Ortiz snapped a selfie with the then-president.

Police have two people in custody, the suspected shooter and the suspected driver of the motorcycle, a source close to the investigation told ESPN Deportes.

The first thing Ortiz asked about when he regained consciousness was his family, local doctors said.

Others at the club allegedly beat and detained Garcia, who the Dominican Republic's National Health Service confirmed to have cranial contusion, thorax trauma, and injuries to his left knee and right leg.

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He was one of the most productive and popular players in Red Sox history, leading the once struggling franchise to three championships before retiring in 2016 with a career total of 541 home runs-the 17th-most in baseball history.

David Ortiz was in America's hearts Monday morning.

"He's on the Mount Rushmore of Boston sports", said Eddie Romero, the team's assistant general manager. A Dominican TV host who was with Ortiz, Jhoel López, was also wounded in the attack.

"I don't have enough words to describe who David is, what David means to baseball", Martinez said on air. "I'd be hard-pressed to think of anyone more beloved than David".

"We can not live in that anxiety that every time you go out of your house, a [thug] comes and takes away what you have on you, " the slugger said.

"He finds himself in a good state of mind and is waiting to travel to Boston ... to see his personal doctors and his wife", said Dr. Jose Abel Gonzalez, one of the surgeons who saved the All-Star's life.

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