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Dominican Republic AG calls David Ortiz shooting a case of mistaken identity

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The Attorney General of the Dominican Republic and the nation’s police director held a press conference yesterday and told reporters that the shooting of David Ortiz was a matter of mistaken identity.

They said that the attempted murder was ordered from the United States by one Victor Hugo Gomez, a member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. They said Gomez intended to have his cousin, Sixto David Fernandez, killed for allegedly informing on him to Dominican drug investigators several years ago. Fernandez is friends with Ortiz and was sitting at the same table as Ortiz at the time of the shooting.

According to the AP report of the presser, there is skepticism in the Dominican Republic of that explanation, as Fernandez is much smaller and lighter complected than Ortiz — arguably the most famous man in the Dominican Republic — making it difficult to mistake the two. Officials said, however, that the shooters were working off of a blurry, hastily-snapped photo of Fernandez taken earlier in the evening that made him appear to be wearing white pants when he was not. Ortiz, however, had on white pants at the time of the shooting.

In light of the skepticism, prosecutors were pressed on the mistaken identity explanation. Their response:

There are currently 11 men in custody in connection with the shooting. Three, including the mastermind, Gomez, remain at large:

Ortiz continues to recover in a Boston hospital.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.