6:44pm: Brian Cashman told Bryan Hoch that Sabathia will be on a modified schedule in Spring Training but he will be ready in time for Opening Day.
4:46pm: CC Sabathia had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow today, the Yankees announced. He is expected to be ready in time for Spring Training. Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure at his practice in Alabama during the left-hander’s scheduled visit.
Sabathia, 32, has pitched with the spur in his elbow since his days with the Indians, but it didn’t give him any problems until recently. It caused him to spend two weeks on DL back in August and he also received a cortisone short at some point late in the season as well. It’s never a good thing when your ace pitcher has surgery on his throwing arm, but this was a relatively minor procedure and by all accounts the ligament is fine. That’s all you can ask for with this stuff.