NEW YORK (AP) — Communication between doctors and CC Sabathia was the key to attacking a potentially dangerous heart problem.

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Doctors inserted a stent after a blockage was found in an artery from his heart.
Sabathia’s agent, Kyle Thousand, told The Athletic the procedure took place Dec. 11. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the 38-year-old pitcher is expected to report to spring training on time in mid-February.

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“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,” Cashman said in a statement Friday. “We are also encouraged that the procedure CC underwent was performed as planned.”

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Sabathia is listed as 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, and the left-hander’s weight has contributed to a chronic right knee problem that has required several operations.
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