New York Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia will take an immediate leave of absence from the team and check into an alcohol rehab.

By Robby Sabo

New York Yankees' C.C. Sabathia Checking Into Alcohol Rehab
Aside from a few minor glitches here and there, nobody saw this one coming. Sure there was the Toronto incident, for which he was caught on camera by TMZ yelling at another bar-goer, but it was just one night.

New York Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia will leave the team immediately and check himself into an alcohol rehab, as WFAN’s Sweeney Murti first reported.

Sabathia released a statement in conjunction with the team releasing the news.

“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 was most definitely in the mix to start in the ALDS if the Yankees beat the Houston Astros on Tuesday night in the AL Wild Card Game.

They’ll now have to look for plan-B.

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