Rather then gearing up to stear his team through the playoffs this week, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is beginning rehab for alcoholism.
“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,” Sabathia said, according to the New York Post. “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.”
Despite his announcement coming at a tough time for his baseball team, Sabathia said that the team has supported his decision.
“I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding. Their support give me strength and has allowed me to move forward with this decision with a clear mind.”
Yankees Manager Brian Cashman said that he supports Sabathia's choice to put his health first.
“I think CC's demonstrated a great deal of courage in trying to tackle this problem,” he said. “Time and place have no bearing. There is something here that needs to be taken care of, and I applaud him for stepping up and doing everything necessary to solve this problem for himself as he moves forward.”