C.C. Sabathia underwent a heart procedure this offseason in order to remove blockage in an artery running into his heart. The surgery, while serious, has been completed, and the veteran pitcher is set to return to the mound for the 2019 season after being cleared to resume baseball activities.
Sabathia revealed on his R2C2 podcast with Ryan Ruocco, however, that he actually came dangerously close to losing his life due due to his health issues.
The Yankees announced Tuesday afternoon that less than a month after undergoing a heart procedure, CC Sabathia went to his follow-up stress test today. He's been cleared to begin working out. That includes baseball activities. Looks like he'll be good to go at spring training— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) January 8, 2019
Fortunately the lefty did not get on the flight and instead underwent the knife, a decision which ultimately saved his life.
Now the Yankees are just focused on maintaining his health and getting him back on the mound for his 19th MLB season.