New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia underwent surgery earlier this month after doctors discovered a blockage in one of the arteries leading to his heart.
Sabathia experienced symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn and decided to get it checked out.
Things could have been a lot worse if he did not get evaluated right away, as he could have suffered a heart attack.
“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, said in a statement to The Athletic.
“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.”
The Yankees released a statement, saying they are thankful Sabathia went to see the team's medical staff when he did.
"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." the statement said.
"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."
Sabathia met with doctors on Friday and got a positive prognosis for both the short and long term.
The 38-year-old is not expected to miss any time and will report with the Yankees' pitchers and catchers in mid-February.
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