Ortiz suspect could be linked to Reading death

The Associated Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that one suspect in the shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz is believed to be wanted in Pennsylvania for attempted homicide, while the father of another suspect said his son belongs to a notorious Dominican gang of drug-dealing hitmen.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he believes Luis Rivas-Clase to be the suspect wanted for a Reading, Pennsylvania, shooting in April 2018, although confirmation would have to come through a fingerprint match.

Pennsylvania authorities have released a mug shot of Rivas-Clase that strongly resembles the suspect in an image provided by Dominican authorities, who provided the same name but without the hyphen listed in U.S. court documents.

Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Dominican officials announced Wednesday that they had detained the suspected gunman and five accomplices. Ortiz is now in a Boston hospital recovering.

from surgery in both the Dominican Republic and Boston.

Later Thursday, Dominican authorities brought in the five suspects from Wednesday along with a handful of additional suspects, including a woman. The nine were rushed to the court in a police pickup truck accompanied heavily armed police for their first appearance, during which charges will be presented against them so they can continue to be held.

Ortiz’s family said Thursday that he is still an intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. “He continues to heal and make progress. David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary,” a statement said.

American authorities don’t expect to see Rivas-Clase, 31, back in Pennsylvania to face trial anytime soon, if ever.

“Since this individual would be subject to charges in the Dominican Republic, the chance of us getting him back is frankly far-fetched,” Adams told The Associated Press.

Separately, Rivas-Clase has also been charged with providing false identification to law enforcement and driving without a license in Reading. Bail was set at $10,000, and records show bond was posted on Nov. 29.

But Rivas-Clase skipped bail and was subsequently declared a fugitive, according to an online docket. His attorney in that case did not immediately return a message, while court records do not list an attorney in the attempted homicide case.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic say Rivas-Clase is still at large.

Meanwhile, the father of another suspect in Sunday’s shooting of Ortiz at a bar said his son is a member of gang of hired assassins and low-level drug dealers known as the Gilberts.

The father, Nisdean Mirabal, told local television morning show “The Alarm Clock” that he had severed relations with his son, Oliver MoisÈs Mirabal Acosta, after he was tied to a home used by the gang led by Junior Minaya Germ’n, who is known as Gilbert.

Gilbert was fatally shot by police in 2013, according to Dominican media.

Nisdean Mirabal said his efforts to dissuade his son from criminality failed.

“He shocked me, saying, ‘I love Gilbert more than I love you.’ When he said that, we went our separate ways,” Nisdean Mirabal said.

Mirabal Acosta was arrested Tuesday in the town of Mao, in the northern Dominican Republic. He is accused of driving a car used to stalk Ortiz before two other young men on a motorcycle shot the slugger in the back.

The alleged gunman is seen on surveillance video exiting the car before mounting the motorcycle.

“I know, from the video and the information that’s been put out, that he’s one of those responsible, and he needs to pay for what he’s done,” the father said.

New York Yankees

CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Yankees could get Giancarlo Stanton back next week after the slugger was shelved by a series of injuries, and Aaron Judge also is getting closer after being sidelined by a strained left oblique.

Stanton is taking his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for its weekend series at Durham. He homered twice for Class A Tampa on Wednesday night.

If Stanton gets through this weekend with no problems, New York manager Aaron Boone said he could be activated before Tuesday’s game at home against Tampa Bay. The 29-year-old Stanton hasn’t played for the Yankees since March 31 because of biceps, shoulder and calf injuries.

“He’s feeling really well,” Boone said before Thursday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. “I spoke to him about an hour ago, but even the conversations I’ve had with him in the last few days leading up this where I can tell he’s just physically in a really good place.”

Judge hasn’t played for New York since April 20. But he hit during simulated games at the club’s minor league complex in Florida on Wednesday and Thursday, going deep each day.

“It’s been feeling good the past two days in my at-bats,” Judge said. “Game ready. Just excited to hopefully get a chance to play in some games here soon and get back to New York. The big test was getting these at-bats.”

Judge could join Stanton at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend. Boone said Judge probably would need a little bit longer stint with the Triple-A club.

While Judge and Stanton are moving in the right direction, New York placed Kendrys Morales on the 10-day injured list before the series opener against Chicago because of a left calf strain.

Morales is the 20th player to go on the IL this year for New York, matching its total for the entire 2018 season. The first baseman/designated hitter experienced some tightness in his calf after collecting three hits in the Yankees’ 12-5 victory over the Mets on Tuesday.

“The doctor looked at him, they thought it was best to go get an MRI of it,” Boone said. “It did show a small strain in there. … I don’t think it’s real serious, but it was enough in there to prompt us to make a move.”

Outfielder Mike Tauchman and left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. were recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New York had an open roster spot after lefty Stephen Tarpley was sent down Wednesday.

The Yankees also traded utilityman Brad Miller to Philadelphia for cash. Miller, who hit 30 homers for Tampa Bay in 2016, agreed to a minor league contract with New York on April 22.

Boone mentioned Cortes as a possibility for Saturday night’s start against Chicago. The Yankees also could go with an opener.

Morales, who turns 36 next Thursday, was acquired in a May 15 trade with Oakland. He is batting .177 with a homer and five RBIs in 19 games with New York.

Colorado Rockies

DENVER — Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was in the lineup on Thursday against the San Diego Padres after leaving Wednesday’s game after getting hit with a pitch on the left forearm.

Arenado said he was a little stiff and sore, and he would test his arm during batting practice before Thursday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Arenado was batting in the bottom of the third when Chicago starter Cole Hamels hit him with a 90 mph fastball during Colorado’s 10-1 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. Arenado looked toward the mound before bending down and taking off his shin guard. He said something to the Chicago dugout before walking to first base.

Arenado stayed in the game to run the bases and was forced out at second. He played the field in the fourth, throwing out Addison Russell to start the inning, but was replaced by Ryan McMahon in the top of the fifth.

X-rays on the arm showed there was no break.

Arenado leads the Rockies in home runs (17) and RBIs (57) and is second in average (.330).