Sabathia was scheduled to accompany Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on a work trip to London the week of December 10. However, he complained of symptoms which correlate with acid reflux and heartburn, and decided to get checked out by a doctor. It was then Sabathia learned he had a blocked artery and would have to undergo a surgical procedure to open the artery.
Sabathia has been put on a limited workout regimen for the next month, but his agent Kyle Thousand confirmed to The Athletic that he is expected to make a full recovery by Spring Training.
“CC is doing great and will be reporting to spring training on time to get ready to play for his upcoming final season in 2019.”
UPDATE: Yankees GM Brian Cashman released the following statement in regards to CC Sabathia’s heart procedure:
“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. 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.”