CC Sabathia has elbow surgery

Updated: October 26, 2012, 6:46 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his left elbow on Thursday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, and the team said that no other problems were detected.

"They found a small bone spur," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "It was a quick and minor cleanup. We'll take him along slowly through spring training and he'll be ready for Opening Day.''

The Yankees expected Sabathia to have no major issues because his ligaments checked out fine this season when he was examined after going on the disabled list with a sore elbow. The bone spur was first discovered in Cleveland, where Sabathia pitched from 2001-08.

Sabathia, 32, went 15-6 with a 3.38 ERA this year. In the playoffs, he dominated against the Baltimore Orioles in the AL Division Series, wining two games and allowing just three runs in 17 2/3 innings (1.53 ERA).

In the AL Championship Series, he got lit up in the decisive Game 4 as the Detroit Tigers scored six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings.

Sabathia is owed $94 million over the next four seasons. He has a vesting option for 2017 that would be worth another $25 million.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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