Sabathia has surgery to remove bone spur, is expected back in time for Opening Day

A week after he couldn't make it out of the fourth inning in Game 4 against the Tigers -- and insisting one more time that his left elbow wasn't a factor -- CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery Thursday to remove a bone spur from the elbow.

You can't really blame Sabathia for pitching through pain (or even for denying that he was hurt). And you can't be surprised that he needed surgery, because the possibility has been talked about and written about since the middle of September. The good news for the Yankees is that doctors found no more damage in the elbow, and that Sabathia is expected to recover in time for Opening Day.

Sabathia spent two weeks on the disabled list in August, with what was described at the time as an inflamed left elbow.

Even with the elbow trouble, Sabathia pitched very well in his final three regular-season starts, pitching eight innings in each game and allowing just four runs in the three starts combined. He also pitched extremely well in the Division Series against the Orioles, throwing a complete game to win the decisive Game 5.

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