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David Ortiz hires private investigator to look into his shooting

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Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic in early June. Initial reports — quickly recanted — characterized it as a “hit” on Ortiz. Soon after officials characterized it as a case of mistaken identity.

That struck some at a bit odd in that Ortiz is arguably the single most famous person in all of the Dominican Republic and, obviously, is pretty distinctive looking. It’s apparently not just a few of us weirdos out here who find that rather curious. It seems that even David Ortiz does.

Why? because according to the Boston Globe, Ortiz has hired a security consultant — former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis — to look into the shooting. Davis will reportedly lead independent investigation into the shooting that includes enlisting “a team of private investigators to scour his native Dominican Republic for answers.” The report quotes a spokesman for Ortiz saying he’s “damn interested in finding out what really happened.” The “really” is a tell that that mistaken identity report isn’t washing with Ortiz.

Stay tuned.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.