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CC Sabathia of Yankees had heart procedure to clear blockage, report says

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia delivers the ball to

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia delivers the ball to the White Sox during the second inning of a game at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 29, 2018 Credit: AP/Bill Kostroun

CC Sabathia underwent an angioplasty on Dec. 11 to address a blockage in an artery leading to his heart and was given what was called an ‘’excellent’’ prognosis when he met with doctors Friday, The Athletic reported.

The 38-year-old  Yankees lefthander, who signed a one-year, $8-million contract last month, is expected to report to spring training with the team’s other pitchers and catchers in February, the club said.

The Athletic reported that Sabathia was to join the Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. on a trip to London last week to promote next season’s two-game series between the teams when he began experiencing symptoms that included acid reflux, heartburn and unusual perspiration when exercising.

A stress test revealed the blockage, and doctors decided to insert a stent to open the artery. The Athletic reported that Sabathia already feels better while exercising than he did before the incident.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement released by the team, “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 will pitch in his 19th season and 11th with the Yankees in 2019, which Sabathia said last month will be the final year of his career. He was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts last season and is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA overall.

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