NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason.
The team released a statement from the pitcher Monday, a day before New York plays Houston in the AL wild-card game.
Sabathia says he took the step to “receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.”
He adds: “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.”
Sabathia says he intends to be back with the Yankees next season.
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)