Big Papi Recovering in Hospital

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is recovering in hospital after being shot.

According to authorities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic -- Ortiz was sitting at a bar when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range.

He was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgery, and his condition was listed as stable.

Ortiz's father, Leo, spoke to reporters outside the clinic and said his son was out of danger and there wasn't any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs.

In a statement on Monday, the Boston Red Sox said they have been notified by Ortiz's family that he sustained a gunshot wound to his ''lower back/abdominal region'' and that he is recovering after surgery.

The Red Sox said they offered the Ortiz family "all available resources to aid in his recovery."

According to police, the alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar until police were able to arrive and apprehend him.

Ortiz, 43, hit 541 homers in 20 major league seasons, including 14 with the Red Sox.

The 10-time All-Star helped lead Boston to three World Series titles and retired after the 2016 season.


— With files from MetroSource