Yankees' CC Sabathia to leave team, enter alcohol rehab

Baseball Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is leaving the team on the eve of the AL wild-card game to enter alcohol rehabilitation, the pitcher announced via a statement Monday.“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,” the 35-year-old said in the statement. MORE: Get to know the playoff-bound YankeesSabathia (6-10 with a 4.73 ERA) has struggled with a sore right knee this season, but his ERA dropped to 2.17 for his five starts since coming off the disabled list Sept. 9 and he pitched the Yankees’ wild-card-clinching victory Thursday against the Red Sox. The Yankees host the Astros on Thursday in the AL wild-card game with the winner then advancing to play the Royals in the AL Division Series.Sabathia is 97-56 with a 3.18 ERA with the Yankees and has a 7-2 record in the postseason; he was the ALCS MVP in 2009.The full text of Sabathia’s statement:“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 u

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nderstanding. 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.” #Yankees just put out a statement saying Sabathia is going into alcohol rehab and will not be available to the team in postseason