The former Boston Red Sox slugger was shot in the back and the bullet exited through his stomach, a witness said. Ortiz is now resting and is expected to make a full recovery.
The incident occurred at a club in Santo Domingo with authorities saying that a gunman got off a motorcycle and ambushed Ortiz from close range. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.
Ortiz's father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and that the bullet had not hit any major organ.
"Please Big Papi. You can pull through".
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Leo Ortiz, David's father, told ESPN.com's Enrique Rojas that he was called about the situation, "but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred".
People rushed to Twitter to lend their support to the former Minnesota Twins player.
He helped Boston capture their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004, when he was the MVP of the American League Championship Series.