"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago", Sava said, suggesting that the Louisana Republican had faced an imminent risk of death when he arrived by helicopter at the facility after Wednesday's shooting.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game. Also hurt but released from hospitals were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.
After additional surgeries and rehabilitation, Scalise can be expected to walk "and hopefully run", Sava said.
Republican congressman Steve Scalise is in a fight "more hard than first thought" as he recovers from a gunshot wound, U.S. President Donald Trump said after visiting him at a Washington, D.C., hospital on Thursday.
The shooter was identified as James T Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party".
"He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding", the statement said.
Scalise has required multiple blood transfusions, hospital officials stated.
"When tragedy strikes we are family", said Representative Nanette Barragan, who plays on the Democratic baseball team and invited all to attend the congressional charity baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday night. Hodgkinson was eventually killed by Capitol police.
Republicans and Democrats fight for bragging rights Thursday in the annual Congressional Baseball game as one unit - Team Scalise. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said.
"This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime, but, as you all know, tonight's game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning, beyond anything that we would have thought", he said.