The Yankees will be without star pitcher C.C. Sabathia for the 2015 MLB playoffs as the hurler announced Monday afternoon that he is checking himself into alcohol rehab.
"Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease," Sabathia said in a statement. "I love baseball and I love my teammate like brothers and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should al be coming together for one last push toward the World Series."
The Yankees have a one-game wild card playoff against the Houston Astros Tuesday (8 p.m., ESPN) at Yankee Stadium.
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"It hurst me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right," Sabathia said. "I want to take control of my disease and I want to be a better man, father and player.
"As difficult as this decision is to share publicly, I don't want to run and hide," he said. "But for now please respect my family's need for privacy as we work through this challenge together."
Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to get the start for the Yankees Tuesday night against Houston but Sabathia would certainly have been used out of the bullpen in a tight game.