Sabathia, who underwent surgery in December due to a blockage in one of the arteries leading to his heart, has been cleared to begin working out Tuesday. Sabathia is ready to resume baseball activities after undergoing a scheduled follow-up stress test Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, the veteran southpaw should be back to full health prior to the start of spring training. Sabathia will need to serve a five-game suspension at the beginning of the season for intentionally throwing at a player, but once he returns, the big lefty should settle in as the team's fifth starter.
Sabathia underwent surgery last week due to a blockage in one of the arteries leading to his heart. He is expected to make a full recovery prior to spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Sabathia underwent an angioplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure that required doctors to open an artery to allow for improved blood flow. Per Rosenthal, Sabathia was at risk for a heart attack if he hadn't received treatment. The left-hander underwent minor knee surgery earlier this offseason, but he should be ready to go by the time pitchers and catchers report in mid-February.
Sabathia (knee) signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Sabathia will be return to New York for an 11th season after posting a 3.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 29 starts for the Yankees in 2018. While the big southpaw isn't the pitcher he once was, he's posted a respectable 3.76 ERA over the past three seasons. The veteran hurler figures to be in the rotation to start the year, once he gets a five-game ban for intentionally throwing at a player out of the way. Sabathia is expected to be fully healthy for spring training after undergoing a minor knee procedure in October.
Sabathia underwent surgery Thursday to clean up his right knee, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. Cashman added that this was a repeat procedure to the surgery Sabathia underwent last offseason. There shouldn't be any concern over his status heading into the 2019 campaign, as Sabathia was fully operational by the time spring training came around this past year. For the 38-year-old, the looming question is whether he will return to the Bronx for an 11th season or if he will be wearing a different uniform come the spring. Across 29 regular-season starts in 2018, he posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 140 strikeouts in 153 innings.
Sabathia will pitch a potential Game 4 in the ALDS against Boston on Tuesday, though he will be available during Friday's Game 1 if needed, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. As expected, he will be ready to enter Friday's contest should J.A. Happ run into early trouble, but Sabathia lines up for a start at Yankee Stadium next week otherwise, following Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino in the rotation. Across 29 starts this year, Sabathia has logged a 3.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with an 8.2 K/9.