David Ortiz shot in the back at Dominican Republic

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The Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has been shot in the back in the Dominican Republic on Sunday, police say. The three-time World Series champion is recovering after surgery.

The Red Sox said, “David’s family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region. We have offered David’s family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts.”

According to Dominican National Police spokesman Felix Duran Mejia told CNN that the incident happened at the Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo, where David Ortiz was born.

However, Ortiz, a designated hitter and first baseman, ended his 20-year Major League Baseball career in 2016, when he earned the last of his 10 All-Star appearances.

He also helped Boston win a first World Series title in 86 years 2004, as well as championships in 2007 and 2013.