Report: David Ortiz undergoes surgery for stomach hernias

Field Level Media

June 09, 2021 at 11:47 pm.

Former 10-time All-Star and Boston Red Sox fan favorite David Ortiz underwent scheduled surgery Wednesday for stomach hernias that were caused by his shooting exactly two years ago in the Dominican Republic, ESPN reported.

The operation, scheduled since February, was considered low risk.

Ortiz, 45, was shot in the back on June 9, 2019, as he sat at a club in the Dominican Republic. Local officials have said Ortiz was shot in a case of mistaken identity.

The retired slugger, known as Big Papi, had surgery for internal injuries that evening, then was flown to Boston the following day and underwent a second operation. He had three operations overall.

Doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his colon and intestines in the initial surgery. Ortiz also sustained liver damage.

Thirteen people were arrested in the shooting and are awaiting formal trial. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9.