"CC has demonstrated a great deal of courage in trying to tackle this problem," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, per Matthews. "Time and place have no bearing. There is something here that needs to be taken care of, and I applaud him."
CC Sabathia knows he left the New York Yankees to enter rehab for alcoholism at the worst possible time; however, in his first interview since completing treatment, the former Cy Young Award winner said it's what needed to be done.
“Like I said, I know it was a bad time of the season, but I woke up on that Sunday morning in Baltimore and there was no other option for me but to get help,” Sabathia told Robin Roberts in a Good Morning America interview that will air in full Friday (h/t Katie Kindelan of GMA, via Yahoo).
Sabathia, 35, checked into rehab Oct. 5, a day before the Yankees played the Houston Astros in their American League Wild Card matchup. He would have been part of the team's expected rotation for the ALDS had the Yankees won. Many fans were critical of the timing of Sabathia's decision, which drew a mixed reaction from the lefty.