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Officials identify man who arranged to pay suspects in shooting of David Ortiz


Dominican Republic prosecutors named the men who they say paid the hitmen who shot David Ortiz. The Boston Globe reports:

New court documents said Alberto Miguel Rodríguez Mota planned to provide the money — $7,800, according to authorities. Mota, who is not in custody, is charged with attempted murder.

Another suspect, who is in custody, Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, 24, convened the hit squad, according to the documents. On Monday, he was charged for his alleged role in plotting the attack . . .

The Globe reports on documents which detail the hows of it all. Where the money was handed off and details such as the handing over of a gold iPhone which “showed the person they were going to liquidate,” but authorities still do not have a motive for the attempted murder. One suspect continues to claim that someone else was the intended target. It’s hard to see how someone as conspicuous as David Ortiz could be mixed up with someone but I suppose it’ll all come out in time.

Meanwhile, Tiffany Ortiz reported today that Ortiz’s condition has been upgraded to “good,” which is, obviously, good.


Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.