David Ortiz recovering after undergoing third surgery

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

The third surgery had to be performed due to complications resulting from the gunshot wound.

The Red Sox issued a health update on Ortiz on behalf of his wife, Tiffany. But this is also a reminder of just how badly he was hurt in he attack and how far he has had - and still has - before being fully recovered.

"We continue to be incredibly appreciative of the kindness and compassion shown to David and to our entire family during this hard time", Ortiz's wife said in Thursday's statement.

Police said Ortiz wasn't the intended target in the shooting that left him with a gunshot wound and forced doctors to remove his gallbladder and part of his intestine.

Following surgery in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was flown to Boston, where he underwent a second operation.

He then underwent an exploratory surgery after being transported to Mass. On June 22, Tiffany Ortiz said her husband was moved out of intensive care.

Ortiz played 20 Major League Baseball seasons before retiring after the 2016 season.

Ortiz led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, was a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs. The Red Sox won two more titles (2007 and 2013) during Ortiz's career. Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs.

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