The New York Yankees begin the postseason tomorrow but they’re going to have to make their playoff push without star pitcher CC Sabathia.
Today, Sabathia shocked the sports world when he announced that he was checking himself in to an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the playoffs.
#Yankees release statement from CC Sabathia saying that he is checking himself into alcohol rehabilitation center.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 5, 2015
Here’s the full statement from Sabathia, as released by the Yankees:
“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.
“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.
“I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support gives me great strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.
“As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don’t want to run and hide. But for now please respect my family’s need for privacy as we work through this challenge together.
“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help. I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.
“I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness.”
Sabathia had recently returned from the disabled list and was expected to be a part of the Yankees playoff rotation this postseason.