New York Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia has officially checked into a rehab center and will not be playing the post-season. In a written statement, Sabathia thanked his team and his family for supporting his difficult decision. He claims it will be necessary to help him overcome his disease, and begs for his family’s privacy during this crucial time in his life.
“I want to thank the New York Yankees organization for their encouragement and understanding,” said in the statement. “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.”
The Bronx Bombers are scheduled to face the Houston Astros for the American League wild-card game this Tuesday (Oct. 6). Although he isn’t supposed to pitch during tomorrow night’s game, the team are depending on Sabathia if they move on to the American League Division Series (ALDS).
Sabathia is expected to recover by the start of the 2016 season. The pitcher went 6-10 this season for the Yankees, with a 4.73 ERA in 29 starts, according to Yahoo! Sports.