Sabathia Has Heart Procedure; Yankees Expect Him To Be Ready For Spring

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia underwent an angioplasty on December 11, and when he met with doctors on Friday, he was told his prognosis is excellent.

Sabathia was experiencing acid reflux, heartburn and an increased amount of perspiration earlier this month, 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.

Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman said in a statement, “We are thankful that CC was smart enough to convey his symptoms to our medical staff, and in turn they immediately engaged NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, who quickly determined the root cause of what ailed him.

“We are also encouraged that the procedure CC underwent was performed as planned. He is such a dynamic person beyond his excellence on the field, and we will proceed with his health at the forefront of our priorities.

“We will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of the doctors — who have conveyed that CC will report as scheduled to Tampa in February to prepare for the 2019 season.”

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.

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