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Doctors expect David Ortiz to make a full recovery

Doctors expect David Ortiz to make a full recovery

The former Boston Red Sox player is now awake and in "stable" condition, his wife Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement issued through the Red Sox.

Eddy Féliz Garcia, the suspect in the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, was formally charged with "attempted homicide" and "criminal association", according to a report in the New York Post. His wife said on Tuesday that doctors expect to see a full recovery and that he is alert and has talked with his family.

Felix Duran Mejía, the spokesman of the National Police of the Dominican Republic, confirmed the incident to CNN Espanol, which reported that Ortiz, 43, was injured in the back by a bullet.

Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his colon and intestines, and Ortiz also sustained liver damage.

"Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during this incredible hard time", her statement reads.

Ortiz was shot Sunday night while seated in Dial Discotheque, a popular night club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Garcia was beaten to a pulp by bystanders following the shooting and then handed over to police.

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In April 2013, following the Boston Marathon massacre, Ortiz made a now-famous, defiant speech to the crowd at Fenway Park, saying, "This is our [expletive] city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom".

Bautista said Ortiz underwent surgery and his condition was stable.

Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, was speaking to Ortiz at the bar when the shooting broke out and was also injured, according to The Associated Press.

After Ortiz was flown to Boston, police escorted his ambulance to MGH, where he arrived around 11 p.m.

His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainment centre in Santo Domingo on Sunday.

The gunman was not immediately identified or arrested and the motive for the shooting was under investigation, with authorities trying to determine whether Ortiz was the target.