CC Sabathia took an important step towards being ready for February’s Pitchers & Catchers reporting date, as the team announced Tuesday that he has been cleared by doctors to begin working out after an early-December angioplasty.
The veteran lefty had a stent inserted Dec. 11 after experiencing “acid reflux, heartburn and an increased amount of perspiration while riding an exercise bike,” according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. After a hospital evaluation, Sabathia “is said to have an excellent short-term and long-term prognosis.”
“We’re thankful for CC responding or reacting to the complaints he was having in such an intelligent way to make sure he got the care necessary, so there were no serious consequences,” GM Brian Cashman said.
The Yankees had put a pause on their trade negotiations surrounding Sonny Gray as they awaited confirmation that Sabathia was still on track for Feb. 13. Gray, as I’m sure you know, has generated trade interest from up to 11 different teams this offseason. Cashman had said that they might hold onto Gray in order to ensure they would be protected if Sabathia’s heart issue would delay his arrival in Tampa.
Sabathia will still be forced to sit out the first five games of 2019 after hitting Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesús Sucre with a pitch in retaliation for a pitch thrown behind the head of Austin Romine.