David Ortiz's condition has been upgraded to "good," his wife Tiffany reported Wednesday, nine days after he was shot in his native Dominican Republic.
“This morning, David’s condition was upgraded to ‘good’ by his doctors and he continues to make progress with his recovery in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital," Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox.
“We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston. David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.”
The retired Red Sox star had been listed in "guarded" condition in recent days. He underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic following the shooting, and doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestines. He was then transported to Boston.
The 43-year-old Ortiz was at a Santo Domingo bar the night of June 9 when a suspect shot him at close range. Thus far, 11 people have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. Boston's WCVB TV reports that prosecutors are expected to reveal the motive and plot behind the shooting Wednesday.
Ortiz, affectionately known as "Big Papi," was a 10-time All-Star who led the Red Sox to three World Series titles.