Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has announced that he has checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center. Sabathia will miss the entire postseason but is expected to return for the beginning of the 2016 season.
Sabathia issued a statement through the team:
"Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.
"I am looking forward to being out on the field with my team next season playing the game that brings me so much happiness.
"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."
Sabathia, 35, has struggled mightily on the mound over the past two seasons, posting ERAs of 5.28 and 4.73, respectively. While it is obviously unclear how much his off-the-field struggles have impacted his pitching, Sabathia's recovery process appears to be an important first step in getting back to being the pitcher who has appeared in six All-Star games and won a Cy Young award in 2007.
We at MLB Daily Dish wish Sabathia the best throughout his recovery process.