Congressional Baseball game has tender moments, day after shooter injures 5

Doctors Upgrade Rep. Scalise's Condition To 'Serious'

He remains in critical condition.

The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital says he is more responsive and speaking with family.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

The announcement comes as the congressional charity baseball game, for which Scalise and his Republican colleagues had been practicing at the time of the shooting, continues as planned.

To loud applause he threw the first pitch, which is a longstanding baseball ritual that usually falls to a dignitary or celebrity.

"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, is now out of surgery. "By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy".

Doctors gave an update on the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Friday, saying he is still in critical condition from being shot on Wednesday. Steve is our friend, he's a patriot, and he is a true fighter. He says the country is praying for all of the victims who are still recovering. The four congressional leaders gathered around a microphone to call "Play ball" in unison.

The game, played for charity, dates back to 1909 (that year, the Democrats won 26-16).

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Congressional Democrats and Republicans put aside their political differences Thursday to play in the traditional Congressional Baseball Game a day after a horrific shooting left Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and others wounded.

Wearing mostly Louisiana State University hats, the Republican team poses for a team picture before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Washington.

Several people were injured, including Rep. Scalise. But she says he sold items from his business and told her he was going to Washington.

A sign in the crowd spelled out: "ONE FAMILY". And outside the stadium, amid the crush waiting to get in, there were others, some politically charged: BLUE LIVES MATTER; GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS STAND BY YOU. James Hodgkinson had been a vocal opponent of the Republican party.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for whom the shooter had campaigned, said he was "sickened" by a crime "against our most deeply held American values".

Congressional aide Zach Barth was the fourth person hit and is also expected to make a full recovery, NPR's Vanessa Romo reports.

Federal authorities are investigating Hodgkinson's motives, including examining social media posts that included anti-Trump and anti-Republican sentiments.

Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police.

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