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Former Cleveland Indians pitcher CC Sabathia underwent heart procedure, is expected to make full recovery

The 38-year-old pitcher apparently had a blockage in an artery.
New York Yankees starter CC Sabathia (52) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the 2017 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia underwent an angioplasty earlier in December, but he is expected to make a full recovery, the pitcher's agent confirmed to The Athletic.

“CC was experiencing some chest pain which turned out to be a blockage in one artery to his heart,” Sabathia’s agent, Kyle Thousand of Roc Nation Sports, told the outlet in a statement.

“A procedure was done to insert a stent to clear the blockage on Dec. 11. 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.”

An angioplasty is a procedure undergone by more than a half-million Americans every year, according to a New York Times report in 2013.

Sabathia will have a stress test on Jan. 8 and if things go well, return to his normal routine ahead of spring training. Yankees pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Tampa on Feb. 13.

The 38-year-old Sabathia signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees in November, for what will be his 19th season in Major League Baseball. Sabathia made 29 starts in 2018 with a 3.65 ERA, his lowest mark since 2012.

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