David Ortiz 'making good progress,' including taking a few steps, wife says

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USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale discusses the reactions of the baseball community after David Ortiz was wounded in a shooting in the Dominican Republic. USA TODAY

Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been able to sit up and take a few steps over the past 24 hours after undergoing a second surgery in Boston, according to his wife, Tiffany.

In an update released through the team early Wednesday afternoon, Tiffany Ortiz said her husband is continuing to recover in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital after being shot at a bar in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday night. She said David Ortiz is continuing to receive treatment from Dr. David King, a trauma surgeon.

“His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery,” Tiffany Ortiz said in the statement. “My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal.”

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Tiffany Ortiz’s update came less than 24 hours after Julieta Tejeda, a spokesperson for the national prosecutor’s office in the Dominican Republic, informed reporters that a second arrest has been made in connection with the shooting. She declined to provide further details, according to The Associated Press, and it is unclear if the person who was arrested is accused of shooting Ortiz.

Dominican police have said the shooting occurred at a bar east of downtown Santo Domingo, after two men approached Ortiz on a motorcycle and a shot was fired.

Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, 25, was detained and beaten by patrons at the bar immediately after the incident and has been charged as an accomplice to an attempted murder, according to The Associated Press. His lawyer, Deivi Solano, told the wire service that his client did not know the person he picked up when he stopped to take a fare Sunday night. (It is common for people to use motorcycles as taxis in the Dominican Republic.)

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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