Gary Sanchez underwent heart surgery


Via George King, Yankees number three prospect Gary Sanchez underwent heart surgery at a New York hospital this week. A recent test revealed that the 18-year-old backstop had an extra nerve in his heart, something he’s had since birth. The surgery cauterized the nerve, and Sanchez has been cleared by doctors to resume workouts on Monday. It couldn’t have been that serious if he’s able to resume baseball workouts so soon after the procedure, but sheesh, heart surgery is always scary.

Categories : Asides, Injuries, Minors


  1. Andrew says:

    Best of luck to Sanchez, I hope that procedure is the end of his heart questions/issues. That’s crazy to have crop up when you’re 18, don’t they often find that kind of heart-related stuff at or before birth? If he’s cleared to work out, let’s hope it’s totally done with.

    • Dr. O says:

      It’s not uncommon for these things to surprise you as you head towards your 20′s, although I will say its kind of surprising that it could happen like that to an athlete who one would assume has taken more than a couple of extensive physicals. Scary things our own bodies can be, like my uncle used to say as a mechanic about cars “I’ve inspected vehicles that looked perfect and 40 minutes out of the garage something is wrong without any cause”, sometimes shit just happens.

  2. long time listener says:

    Doesn’t sound like anything too serious. They just cauterized a nerve in his heart. Wait, they whatted a what in his where?

  3. LawStudent says:

    Wow. Wish they’d tell us more about what exactly was the issue. I mean yeah, extra nerve in the heart, but what does that mean, how does it affect him… etc

  4. From the sound of it, and a quick google search, this is a really safe outpatient procedure with a very high success rate. Good to hear the kid got it taken care of.

  5. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Red Sox prospects get cancer (then succeed), Yankee prospects have too much heart.

    Kidding, PC crowd.

  6. bexarama says:

    Now he’ll never be as good as David Eckstein. :(

    All kidding aside, very glad he got this taken care of and seems to be okay.

  7. Urban says:

    What a gamer. Heart surgery and back playing baseball the following Monday.

  8. “…catheter are inserted into the veins in the groin and run into the heart. The electrical system of the heart is mapped with these catheters. Once the abnormal extra nerve is identified, the steerable ablation catheter is positions on top of the abnormal electrical pathway. Radiofrequency energy is then delivered cauterizing the nerve and eliminating the heart’s ability to enter the abnormal rhythm. The patient’s heart is then tested to be certain that after the ablation, SVT can no longer be brought on. The tubes are then removed and usually later that day the patient is discharged home. ”


  9. Andy_C_23 says:

    I hope this ceases all talk that the Red Sox are the only ones with too much heart

  10. Hurling Darvish says:

    I felt like I needed heart surgery after reading this headline — glad I lived long enough to read on. Scary though; imagine your doctor telling you that your baby needs heart surgery.

  11. Nostra-Artist says:

    Notice how the Yanks had him do this after all the prospect lists came out?


  12. Nostra-Artist says:

    Doctors tried to perform this procedure on A-Rod, but when they went in they discovered he has no heart. Which is why he is the suxorrrrrrrrr in deh clutchinessss

  13. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Imagine how much ass he’ll kick with a good ticker!!!!

    In all seriousness I hope, for obvious reasons, that he comes back full strength. He’s a fun one to follow. Best of luck Manquito.

  14. brazilian fan says:

    probably he had an arrhythmia, probably extra systolic impulse, or even wolf parkinson white syndrome. The heart is evaluated previously with markers that maps the affected area that is destroyed, It is safe but sometimes it cant be effective. lets hope for the best

  15. Slurve says:

    Cardiologist here, Brazilian Fan is 100% right. Not surgery in the sense of cutting and stitching. Everything done with catheters through the veins. His condition is rarely fatal and usually correctable. Something would have to go crazily wrong during the procedure to threaten his career.

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