This is pretty shocking news: Ken Rosenthal reports that CC Sabathia underwent angioplasty on December 11. He had the procedure — which is where doctors insert a stent to open an artery — after experiencing chest pain, acid reflux and an unusual amount of sweating while exercising. Doctors decided to go with the procedure after he struggled to complete a stress test.
Rosenthal says that Sabathia’s prognosis is excellent, both short- and long-term, and that he is expected to report to spring training as scheduled in mid-February. It’s a good thing this was caught when it was, obviously, as he was a strong candidate for a heart attack otherwise.
Sabathia signed a one-year, $8 million contract to return to the Yankees earlier this offseason. Most suspect that 2019 will be his last season in the bigs. Here’s hoping his recovery goes well enough to where it’s a complete and successful season.
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.