CC Cleared To Start Baseball Activities

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia underwent a scheduled follow-up stress test earlier today. He has now been cleared to begin working out, which will include baseball activities.

Sabathia underwent an angioplasty on December 11, and when he met with doctors ten days later, he was told his prognosis is excellent.

Sabathia was experiencing acid reflux, heartburn and an increased amount of perspiration early in Devember, and he informed the Yankees’ medical staff immediately of the issues.

A stress test was performed on the 38-year-old pitcher, and it was revealed he had a blocked artery leading to his heart.

In the surgery on December 11, doctors inserted a stent to open the artery via an angioplasty procedure.

Sabathia has been with the Yankees since 2009, and he signed a one-year, $8 million deal on November 8. He has been rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee at Yankee Stadium since then.

YANKEES SIGN BURNS: On Thursday (1/3/19), the Yankees signed OF Billy Burns to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Burns, 29, spent the 2018 season with Kansas City’s Triple-A Omaha affiliate, hitting .255 (96-for-376) with 51R, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR, 36RBI and 10SB in 102 games.

The switch-hitter has played parts of four Major League seasons with the Oakland Athletics (2014-16) and the Royals (2016-17), batting .270 (228-for-843) with 114R, 29 doubles, 13 triples, 5HR, 55RBI and 46SB in 242 games. The Atlanta, Ga., native has made 186 of his 194 career starts in center field.

He was originally selected by the Washington Nationals in the 32nd round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

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