The Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia underwent a successful heart operation last week and is expected to return to baseball as planned this spring.
Sabathia, 38, had a stent inserted during a procedure to unblock an artery on Dec. 11, and he is expected to make a full recovery, his agent, Kyle Thousand, told The Athletic website.
Sabathia experienced chest pain as he prepared to travel to London to promote next year’s baseball games there between the Yankees and their archrivals, the Boston Red Sox.
After checking with doctors, he underwent the angioplasty, and on Friday he learned from the doctors that he would be able to report to the Yankees in February for spring training.
“We are thankful that C.C. 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,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said Friday in a statement on Twitter.
“We are also encouraged that the procedure C.C. underwent was performed as planned,” Cashman continued. “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.”
Sabathia signed a one-year contract worth $8 million last month to pitch for the Yankees next year. It will be Sabathia’s 19th major league season.
Last season, Sabathia went 9-7 over 29 starts with a 3.65 earned-run average, his lowest since 2012, and 140 strikeouts in 153 innings.