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Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia to check into alcohol rehab center, miss playoffs

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CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees in action against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The White Sox defeated the Yankees 5-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

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.