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 took a "few steps" on Tuesday following the surgeries.
"On behalf of me and my family, I want to thank (owners) John and Linda Henry, Tom Werner, (president) Sam Kennedy, and the Boston Red Sox for all that they are doing for David and our family, as well as Dr. Larry Ronan and the awesome staff at Massachusetts General Hospital".
In a continued effort to document these events, today Rivera is traveling to Boston, while Rojas is in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He first underwent surgery at a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where "Big Papi" was born and raised.
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The 43-year-old retired Red Sox legend was flown from Santo Domingo to Boston on a team-chartered flight Monday night.
The Red Sox offered "all available resources" to help him recover and sent an aircraft to bring him back to Boston.
Police have not yet released the identity of the suspected gunman.
Dominican National Police spokesman Felix Duran Mejia said the incident occurred at the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo. Investigators are still trying to determine the motivation behind the shooting. He led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star, and hit 541 home runs. He was named World Series Most Valuable Player for his performance against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2013. "And so it's appropriate and expected that this community would rally around David when he needs us the most", Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy said Monday.
Doctor Abel Gonzalez believes Ortiz's condition is becoming stable enough to make it possible for him to travel to Boston, and his fellow doctors have all approved the patient's trip to proceed as soon as the plane is ready.