CC Sabathia has surgery to remove bone spur from elbow

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CC Sabathia underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, which qualifies as good–or at least not bad–news amid worries that the Yankees ace might have a more serious injury.

Barring a setback he’ll have plenty of time to get healthy for spring training and pitchers regularly have no issues returning from bone spur removals.

Sabathia spent time on the disabled list with elbow soreness in August and said his elbow “felt good enough to pitch” after struggling in his final playoff start against the Tigers, leading general manager Brian Cashman to insist that he have Dr. James Andrews take a look.

Sabathia is under contract for $99 million over the next four seasons and topped 200 innings this year for the sixth straight season.

Cardinals activate Greg Holland from disabled list

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The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that reliever Greg Holland has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Reliever Matt Bowman heads back to the DL with blisters on his right middle finger.

Holland, 32, has been out of action since late May due to a right hip impingement. Holland signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Cardinals at the end of March, but it hasn’t been going well. He has given up 15 runs (14 earned) on 20 hits and 15 walks with 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings this season.

Bowman, 27, missed about a month between May 17 and June 14 due to blister issues. He appeared in only three games before heading back. Bowman gave up two runs and recorded two outs in Monday’s 6-5 walk-off loss to the Phillies.