Though Red Sox legend David Ortiz has officially arrived on a private plane to Boston to resume his recovery, that doesn't mean he's out of the woods yet.
Upon landing, Big Papi reportedly underwent another surgical procedure overnight, and visitation will be restricted for the next 24-48 hours as he marches towards a healthier state.
In times like these, we live for updates that involve Papi flashing a smile, if we can't get something more definitive.
At this juncture, it seems beneficial that Ortiz was able to be airlifted to Mass General, and the city with which he's become synonymous. This second surgical procedure comes as somewhat unexpected news, however, especially since he was ruled stable and cleared to fly beforehand. His alertness and jovial nature in the aftermath, however, does not surprise us.
All that matters is that Big Papi's receiving a high quality of care during this daunting window. The next 48 hours could be crucial, and spent in solitude, and we look forward to more smile-related updates soon, now that this latest procedure is once again behind us.