David Ortiz has complications and is operated for the third time

The Dominican is in "good spirits" after another operation

Former Dominican slugger David Ortiz is recovering from a third surgery after he was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9.

The Red Sox on Thursday released a statement on behalf of Ortiz's wife, Tiffany.

"Earlier this week, David underwent a third surgery due to complications as a result of his gunshot wound," said Tiffany Ortiz. "The operation was practiced by Dr. David King at Massachusetts General Hospital, David is recovering and in good spirits."

"We continue to be incredibly grateful for the kindness and compassion shown towards David and our entire family during this difficult time."

Ortiz, 43, was shot point-blank in the back of a bar in Santo Domingo. Two other people were injured in the incident, including Jhoel Lopez, a Dominican television personality who was with Ortiz. The former slugger of the Red Sox was operated on emergency in Santo Domingo before being transferred to Boston.

On June 19, the authorities of the Dominican Republic assured that Ortiz was not the person against whom the attack was planned.

By Thomas Harrigan/