Yankees say CC Sabathia is checking into alcohol rehabilitation center

(AP) - Yankees say CC Sabathia is checking into alcohol rehabilitation center.

Studio portrait of New York Yankees CC Sabathia

Studio portrait of New York Yankees CC Sabathia during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Sabathia will look to bounce back in 2016 after on the field and off the field struggles in 2015. (Credit: Getty Images / Elsa)

NEW YORK - 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.

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