David Ortiz assures fans 'Big Papi will be back soon' after leaving hospital

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz assured fans Monday, “Big Papi will be back soon.”

Ortiz said in a statement released through a Boston public relations agency he will still have to face several more weeks of recovery from a June 9 shooting at a Dominican Republic bar.

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“I am feeling good, but know I need to do my rehab just like I did when I was recovering from injuries playing baseball,” Ortiz said in the statement.

In a separate Instagram post, Ortiz said: “Being at home and look at my family celebrating that lm here safe is priceless.”

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The Instagram post included photos of steak, pasta and grilled fish and the three-time World Series champion lamented he couldn’t “crush food just yet!”

Ortiz was wounded in a shooting in Santo Domingo in what police called a case of mistaken identity. A hired gunman drove up on a motorcycle and fired at close range, hitting him in the torso, police said.

Ortiz was forced to have his gallbladder removed and part of his intestine following the shooting. He was flown back to Boston the next day, where he had more surgery. He was released from the hospital Friday.

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Ortiz also thanked his family, doctors, his former teammates and Red Sox ownership for their support.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.