"We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts".
Ortiz was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Ortiz's father told reporters the bullet entered his son's back and exited through his abdomen. Lopez said the 43-year-old athlete's liver was also damaged in Sunday night's shooting.
After a reported six hours of surgery - where doctor's had to remove part of Ortiz's intestines and colon and gallblader - the former slugger is now recovering in intensive care.
"No, my brother", Ortiz replied, according to Salvador. He suffered a cranium contusion and multiple other injuries and had to be treated at the hospital before being released into police custody.
David Ortiz's wife has finally broken her silence on the senseless shooting of her husband in the Dominican Republic over the weekend.
"We are lucky to have incredible journalists that we have collaborated with for many, many years in the Dominican Republic, in particular Dionisio Soldevila [a sports editor with Periodico Hoy, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic] and Ortiz's friend and business assistant, Leo López". Police said he was shot in the torso at close range. The country's attorney general told Ortiz on Monday that the investigation had "advanced considerably", according to Martin Finucane of the Boston Globe, who cited a Spanish report.
Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships - including, in 2004, their first title in 86 years of futility.
Another one of Ortiz's former Red Sox teammates, Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, who also hails from the Dominican Republic, broke down in tears while talking about Ortiz on Monday night during a broadcast on the MLB Network. He was named World Series MVP in 2013, when he helped the Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox held a moment of prayer for Ortiz prior to their home game Monday night against the Texas Rangers.