Sabathia to check into alcohol rehab center, miss playoffs

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Yankees' CC Sabathia Checks Into Alcohol Rehab

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason.

The team issued a statement from the pitcher Monday, a day before New York plays Houston in the AL wild-card game. Sabathia, the 2007 AL Young Award winner, said he took the step to receive the care he needs and become the kind of person "I can be proud of."

"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," he said. "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."

Sabathia was 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA this year, slowed by his surgically repaired right knee. After returning from the disabled list and using a tighter brace, the portly 35-year-old left-hander was 2-1 with a 2.17 ERA in five starts and got the win against Boston that week that clinched the Yankees' return to the postseason following a rare two-year absence,

"As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don't want to run and hide," Sabathia said. "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."

His move is another blow to the Yankees' pitching staff, slowed in September by Masahiro Tanaka's hamstring injury and ineffective outings by Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova.

Sabathia, who helped New York win the 2009 World Series during his first season in the Bronx, is signed through next season. His deal includes a 2017 club option that would become guaranteed if his left shoulder doesn't get hurt.

"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 said.

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Sabathia to check into alcohol rehab center, miss playoffs
13 Oct 2001: Starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians throws against the Seattle Mariners during game three of the American League Division Series at Jacobs Field in Cleveland Ohio. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman/ALLSPORT
WINTER HAVEN, FL - FEBRUARY 26: C.C. Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait during the Indians' media day on February 26, 2003 at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - MAY 16: C.C. Sabathia #52 of the Cleveland Indians keeps an eye on the scoreboard against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after the sixth of his seven shutout innings at Jacobs Field on May 16, 2004 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - JULY 12: American League All-Star C.C. Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians walks on the field before the Major League Baseball 2004 Century 21 Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park on July 12, 2004 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE - APRIL 22: Starting Pitcher C.C. Sabathia #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Seattle Mariners on April 22, 2005 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 10: Candid portrait of C.C. Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians before the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on July 10, 2007. The American League defeated the National League 5-4. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 23: Starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia #52 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 23, 2008 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - SEPTEMBER 28: Starting pitcher CC Sabathia #52 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates after pitching a complete game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on September 28, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Cubs 3-1 (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: CC Sabathia walks off the field after a press conference to announce his signing to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on December 18, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: CC Sabathia poses for photographers after a press conference to announce his signing to the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on December 18, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 16: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees throws against the Cleveland Indians during opening day at the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced the old Yankee Stadium as the Yankees home field. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 03: Yankee pitchers Phil Coke and CC Sabathia give kids hair cuts at Jordan Sport Barber Shop , 1354 Edward Grant HW. CC Sabathia cutting Joshua Perez's (9) hair. (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees looks to the dugout in the fourth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on September 13, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees celebrates in the dugout with a copy of the New York Post after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 02: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Chicago White Sox on May 2, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 12-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 16: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 16, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 5 to 4. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30: Lance Pendleton #39, CC Sabathia #52 and Freddy Garcia #36 of the New York Yankees get ready in the dugout before a game against the Oakland Athletics May 30, 2011 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees walks into the dugout at the bottom of the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 10, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 24: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees pitches during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on August 24, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 624 -- Pictured: (l-r) CC Sabathia, Jimmy Fallon -- Photo by: (Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees in action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on May 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 5-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 09: American League All-Star CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees looks on during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Kauffman Stadium on July 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees in action against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 9, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Royals defeated the Yankees 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: CC Sabathia Jr. (L) attends Fabolous' The Great Fabsby Birthday Celebration at Jazz Room at the General on November 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 7: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) CC Sabathia #52 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees share a laugh in the dugout on Opening Day before the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Monday, April 7, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 4: C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees during warm ups before the start of their game against of the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on June 4, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 29: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Pitcher CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game in the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles during a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on September 9, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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