New York Yankees ace, left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia underwent surgery on his pitching elbow on Thursday to remove remove a bone spur which had been troubling him for most of the 2012 season.
Sports-world renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure, which didn’t take much time at all to complete according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Cashman also said “It was a quick and minor clean up. We’ll take him along slowly through spring training and he’ll be ready for Opening Day”, when asked about the severity of the surgery and Sabathia’s status for spring training next season.
Sabathia had dealt with a couple of stints of the disabled list during the season due to elbow issues, but no ligament damage was found upon an MRI, which led both the team and Sabathia to believe that it was simply due to arm fatigue.
This season, the six-time all-star accumulated a 15-6 record (his lowest win total since 2006 when he won just 12 games with the Cleveland Indians) with a 3.38 ERA in 200 innings of work (also his lowest since 2006). During the postseason, Sabathia was outstanding during the ALDS versus the Baltimore Orioles, going 2-0 in two starts with a 1.53 ERA. However, in the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, Sabathia was roughed up for five earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings in his one and only start of the series during game four.
Sabathia still has four years and $94 million dollars remaining on his contract, which is why is health is a prime concern to the Yankees. With 191 career victories and only being 32 yards in age his health is also a concern amongst baseball lovers who want to see him remain healthy in order to pass the 300 win plateau. This day in age with pitchers on such a strict innings and pitch count limit, the 6’7″ nearly 300-pound lefty maybe our last chance at seeing one for awhile.