David Ortiz ranks 17th in Major League Baseball history in career home runs [File: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images]

David Ortiz, a three-time World Series champion during his career with the Boston Red Sox, was shot in the back outside a discotheque in the Dominican Republic.

The attack occurred in Santo Domingo, police spokesman Felix Duran Mejia said. 

Ortiz’s father, Enrique (Leo) Ortiz, told reporters outside the clinic late on Sunday his son was out of surgery and expected to make a full recovery.

His father said he had no idea why someone would have shot his son.

“He is out of surgery and stable, he is resting. Big Papi will be around for a long time,” Leo Ortiz said, using his son’s nickname. 

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