By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosental, New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia underwent a heart operation earlier this month. The procedure was to clear a blockage to an artery leading to his heart.
Despite his operation, Sabathia is expected to be ready for spring training in February. Rosenthal ks reporting his prognosis is excellent moving forward.
He reportedly underwent the procedure on Dec. 11th, according to the New York Daily News at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He first went to the hospital for chest pains, before the blockage was found.
During the operation, the doctors placed a stent in near his heart to clear the blockage. This operation is known as angioplasty.
“He’s home, he’s fine and he should be good to go for spring training,” the spokesman for Roc Nation, who represents him, said.
In November, he signed a one-year, $8 million deal to remain with the Yankees. When he suits up for the team in 2019, it’ll be his 11th season with the team.
He is expected to be the team’s fifth starter. Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka are expected to be the team’s top two pitchers followed by James Paxton — who was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners — serving as the No. 3 pitcher and J.A. Happ as the No. 4 starter.
The 38-year-old Vallejo, California native went 9-7 in 29 starts this past season. He had a 3.65 ERA in 153 innings pitched. He allowed 72 runs (62 earned runs), including 19 home runs on 150 hits. He also struck out 140 batters and walked 51.
“We are thankful that CC was smart enough to convey his symptoms to our medical staff, and in turn they immediately engaged New York-Presbyterian Hospital, who quickly determined the root cause of what ailed him,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said. “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.”
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