Sabathia had heart blockage that required stent inserted

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 22, 2018 08:10 AM
Sabathia had heart blockage that required stent inserted
FILE - New York Yankees' CC Sabathia delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia had a stent inserted after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart.

Sabathia's agent, Kyle Thousand, told The Athletic the procedure took place Dec. 11. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the 38-year-old pitcher is expected to report to spring training on time in mid-February.

"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," Cashman said in a statement Friday. "We are also encouraged that the procedure CC underwent was performed as planned."

Sabathia is listed as 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, and the left-hander's weight has contributed to a chronic right knee problem that has required several operations.

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