'He's is stable, awake and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days. She also thanked the Red Sox organization and Ortiz's fans for their outpouring of support.
"We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts".
Investigators are trying to determine whether Ortiz was the intended target, Bautista said.
"They talk about superheroes without capes and he's a superhero without a cape", Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who a former teammate of Ortiz's in Boston, said during a pregame news conference.
Ortiz, 43, had been airlifted to Boston Monday night on a medical air ambulance chartered by the Red Sox. "That's the way we see it". 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.
Police did not confirm the suspects' motive, but a rep for Ortiz, Leo Lopez, said, "There is not a single doubt that this was an act of hired killers". Garcia will make his first court appearance later Tuesday, the Dominican attorney general's office told Anaridis Rodriguez of WBZ-TV Boston.
Reports have since surfaced that Big Papi was shot as a result of dealing with the wife of a drug lord, which might explain why the shooter came into the bar and only targeted him.
Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican television host, was shot in the leg, and his injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Police have not yet released the identity of the suspected gunman. His postseason heroics helped Boston capture its first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, when he was the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series as the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 series deficit to the New York Yankees in seven games.