The New York Yankees will be without LHP pitcher CC Sabathia for the entirety of the playoffs. Sabathia announced Monday that he was checking himself in to rehab for an alcohol problem. CC made the following statement Monday.
“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.”
The timing for all of this could not be worse for the Yankees. Although CC has struggled this year he is still a proven pitcher who could have helped the Yankees in the playoffs.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman addressed the situation by saying “CC has demonstrated a great deal of courage…Time and place have no bearing,” he then finished his statement with “There’s something here that needs to be taken care of.”
Although Sabathia struggled mightily this season he managed to get in a groove down the stretch despite his condition. CC had a 2.86 ERA over his last 50 1/3 innings (nine starts) this year. Via Drew Silva.
Right now the priority for Sabathia is to get healthy and get clean so he could be back on the baseball diamond next year and help the Yankees in the future.
The Spark Sports team wishes CC the best of luck in his recovery process.
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