David Ortiz, 43, remains in intensive care at Massachusetts General Hospital where he is recovering from gunshot wounds he sustained in his native Dominican Republic
Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz has been upgraded to a good condition by his doctors at the Boston hospital where he is recovering from gunshot wounds he sustained in his native Dominican Republic.
The Red Sox issued a statement on Tuesday on Ortiz’s condition on behalf of his wife, Tiffany Ortiz.
The 43-year-old, who remains in intensive care at Massachusetts General Hospital, was upgraded from ‘guarded’ to ‘good’ condition.
His wife said Ortiz ‘continues to make progress with his recovery’.
Ortiz was shot in the back on June 9 as he visited a club in his hometown of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
He had surgery for internal injuries that evening before being flown to Boston the following day to undergo a second operation.
‘We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston,’ Tiffany said.
‘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 Red Sox issued a statement on Tuesday on Ortiz’s condition on behalf of his wife, Tiffany Ortiz (above). His condition was upgraded from ‘guarded’ to ‘good’ on Tuesday morning
It comes as police on Monday identified José Eduardo ‘Chunky’ Ciprián as the man they believe coordinated hit men to try and kill the former slugger.
The mastermind druglord: José Eduardo Ciprián, aka Chunky, ordered the hit from prison, according to prosecutors. They will not yet confirm his motive
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have said Ortiz was the target of a paid $7,800 hit organized from prison.
Three law enforcement sources previously told DailyMail.com that Ortiz was wanted dead by a crime boss who thought he was having an affair with his wife.
The married former baseball star has been linked to a Dominican model who was seen brawling with another woman in the hospital moments after the shooting. It is not clear if that woman is Chunky’s girlfriend or wife.
Dailymail.com last week revealed that Dominican model and YouTube beauty vlogger Maria Yeribell Martinez Garcia was the woman at the center of the alleged love triangle between Ortiz and the drugs kingpin.
Police have named 10 suspects, including some who remain on the run, in the June 9 shooting.
The intermediaries: Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota (left) is on the run. He gave the gang $8,000 from Ciprian to carry out the hit. Gabriel Alexander Pérez Vizcaíno (right) gave the drug lord a phone to communicate with Mota. He is in custody
The foot soldiers: Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, 25, who police say has confessed to being the gunman, is believed to have been involved in two robberies in New Jersey. Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela (right) was also arrested
The stake outs: Two other men arrested in the shooting – Porfirio Ayendi Dechamps Vásquez (left) and Joel Rodríguez de la Cruz (right) – are seen above
The motorcycle driver: Eddy Feliz Garcia (left) was driving the motorcycle and Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta (right) was seen hopping on it
The accomplices: Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase (left) is still on the run. He is also wanted for murder in New Jersey. Lenny Estephanie Reyes Perez, aka The Venezuelan (right) is married to Oliver Moises Mirabal (above right)
The plot was a sophisticated one which involved Chunky planning the hit through a series of phone communications with Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota.
He was given the phone by Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino in prison.
Once their communication was established, Chunky ordered Mota to pay the gang of men, which he did.
Seven men and one woman, who is the wife of one of the other suspects, then conspired to carry out the attack, according to police.
On June 9, several of the men were seen in two grey Hyundai cars near the bar where Ortiz was with friends.
Two then hopped on a motorcycle and approached the scene while the gunman, Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, approached on foot.
Dominican model and YouTube beauty vlogger Maria Yeribell Martinez Garcia has been identified as the woman at the center of the alleged love triangle. The drug lord is believed to have ordered the hit thinking Ortiz was having an affair with her
After shooting Ortiz at point blank range, he fled. The others also managed to get away but Eddy Garcia, the motorcycle driver, was captured at the scene by an angry crowd and was beaten.
Over the last two weeks, police have slowly brought more and more suspects into custody.
They tracked them through the gun they used and the phone Chunky used to order the hit which was sold to a woman for $174 last week.
Police so far have arrested Ferreras Cruz; Reynaldo Rodríguez Valenzuela; Eddy Vladimir [El Nata] Féliz García; Joel [Calamardo] Rodríguez de la Cruz; and Porfirio Ayendi Dechamps Vásquez, who is known as’ El Nene’, Spanish for ‘The Kid’.
They will all be held in prison during the pretrial process along with married couple Oliver Moisés Mirabal and Lanny Estefanny Pérez Reyes.
Ciprián and Carlos Rafael (Carlos Nike) Álvarez, who serving a 20-year sentence for aggravated robbery, are also being questioned for their role in the shooting.