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CC Sabathia has surgery to remove bone spur, will be ready for 2013

CC Sabathia had a small bone spur surgically removed from his pitching elbow on Thursday. The Yankees expect him to be ready to start the 2013 season.

Jim McIsaac

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia had a small bone spur surgically removed from his left elbow on Thursday. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews, and Sabathia is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2013 season. The left-hander has been dealing with the bone spur since his days with the Cleveland Indians, and he was forced to the disabled list in August with discomfort in his pitching elbow.

Sabathia went 15-6 in 2012 with a 3.38 ERA. His strikeout and walk rates this year were both better than his career averages, but he did struggle a bit with the long ball, allowing home runs at the highest rate of his career. He made three starts in the postseason, going 2-1 and matching his 3.38 ERA from the regular season.

Sabathia is signed until the end of the 2016 season, with a vesting option for 2017. He has $99 million remaining in guaranteed money on his deal, with an additional $20 million in 2017 should his option vest.