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CC Sabathia declares himself ‘ready to go’ after alcohol rehab


It has been more than four months since CC Sabathia left baseball to receive treatment for his alcohol abuse issue, and the New York Yankees pitcher says he is ready to focus on baseball again.

In an interview with the New York Daily News Thursday night, Sabathia said he is “excited” for his 16th MLB season.

“I’m definitely in a good place,” Sabathia said. “You’ve never got this thing beat; it’s always there and I’m always going to be a recovering alcoholic, but I’m in a good place. I’m excited about what’s coming ahead, not only in the season, but personally. I’m ready to go.”

Sabathia also spoke with the Daily News in November shortly after he left the Yankees for treatment. The team was beginning its playoff schedule at the time.

“To have all the support from them and the organization, it’s been fantastic,” he said. “When I talked to you last, I hadn’t seen everybody yet. I hadn’t been to the field. Getting all that support and love has been a lot of fun.

“Everybody was worried about me. To see me go through what I went through and come out on the other side a better person, I think everybody is excited. It was fun to get back and to be a part of the family.”

Sabathia added that his knee feels much better and his upper body feels stronger than it did when he compiled a 6-10 record with a 4.73 ERA last season.

When you consider the timing of Sabathia’s decision to enter rehab, you get an idea of how significant the problem was. Some of the disturbing revelations he made about the final week of the season also paint a dark picture. Hopefully he got the help he needs and can finish out his career on a high note.

CC Sabathia admits he was ‘probably still drunk’ during final games of season

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Perhaps the most surprising aspect of CC Sabathia’s decision to enter an alcohol rehabilitation program was the timing, being that he left the Yankees just before their Wild Card playoff game against the Astros. But after what took place during New York’s final series of the regular season, Sabathia knew it couldn’t wait.

There have been reports that Sabathia decided to check into rehab after a bender in Baltimore. In a lengthy interview with Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Sabathia admitted his drinking behavior during that last series of the season was the final straw.

“I woke up on that Sunday and was like, ‘I can’t do this no more,'” the lefthander said. “I came in on Sunday and felt like I needed to get some help. I know it was bad timing, but I felt like if I didn’t tell somebody then, I would have been in real trouble.”

While Sabathia insists he never drank at the ballpark or in the clubhouse (some rumors have indicated otherwise), he admitted that he was feeling the effects of his alcohol use during the Yankees’ day-night doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 3, as well as the following day.

“I probably was still drunk from the night before or hung over,” Sabathia said. “It happened quick.”

Sabathia maintains that his alcoholism never affected his ability to pitch or prepare for his starts, though it is hard to imagine that someone could go on benders and not experience any negative effects. Sabathia says he was always alone — typically at a team hotel — when he went on a bender and usually showed up to work the next day and tried to sweat it out.

“I could always come to the field, sweat everything out, do my running and do everything I had to do,” he explained. “I pretty much just hid it, would be walking around hung over and sick all the time and still going through the motions.”

The entire interview is worth reading. Sabathia also addressed the incident that took place outside a bar in Toronto, insisting that he wasn’t “obliterated or blasted” but admitting he would have reacted differently if he were sober.

Sabathia turned 35 in July, so returning to pitch at a high level after what he has gone through will not be easy. But if he continues along the path he recently started down, he certainly has a fighting chance.

Report suggests CC Sabathia may have been drinking around clubhouse

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A new report suggests that CC Sabathia surprisingly announced his intention to check into alcohol rehab after the matter came to a “crisis point” over the weekend.

ESPN’s Wallace Matthews reports that after the Yankees’ game with the Orioles was rained out on Friday, Sabathia was seen walking “unsteadily” and failed to respond to greetings from reporters.

Matthews then adds this:

A short time later, an onlooker noticed Sabathia offering a paper cup containing a brown liquid to a teammate who was finishing up a workout, urging the teammate to “take a sip.” The teammate refused, saying he still had some running to do. Sabathia was then ushered out of the building and into a waiting cab by a third teammate.

This coincides with a report from the New York Post, which says Sabathia went on a heavy bender over the weekend, prompting his decision to check into rehab. That report said the Yankees pitcher drank every day last week except for the day he pitched.

This isn’t the first time Sabathia was involved in an off-field matter, either. In August, he was filmed being restrained from a brawl outside a club in Toronto.

CC Sabathia reportedly decided to check into rehab after weekend bender

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The abrupt announcement on Monday by Yankees lefty CC Sabathia that he would be leaving the team as their 2015 postseason run was about to kick off in order to attend alcohol rehab came as a major surprise. Now details are beginning to trickle in as to how Sabathia arrived at that decision.

According to a report by the New York Post on Tuesday, the 35-year-old decided on rehab after a bad bender this past weekend in Baltimore. Per the report:

“His drinking got really bad this weekend, and it put him in a really bad place,” said a source close to the team.

“He was afraid. He felt that if I don’t do this now and go into rehab, I don’t know what is going to happen.”

The last straw for Sabathia came during the team’s final regular-season series in Baltimore, where he spent most of his time pounding drinks at a hotel, the source said.

“He drank every day last week apart from the day he pitched,” the source said. “The tipping point was Friday when he was at the stadium. He carried on drinking Saturday.”

Additionally, The Post writes that while Sabathia is not known as a heavy drinker, he hooked the team up with booze and champagne on several occasions, including the playoff-clinching clubhouse party last week as well as the celebration for Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th hit. Sabathia is also said to have capped the weekend off by speaking with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman on Sunday saying that he needed help.

While the timing of Sabathia’s decision could not have come at a worse time for the Yankees, it takes a lot for someone to admit they have a problem and move quickly to address it and get treated before it gets even worse.
It’s especially so in Sabathia’s circumstances with the playoffs about to begin and the temptation to dismiss the bender as simply “a bad weekend,” so he definitely deserves props for his sense of urgency in getting the help he needs.

The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner is dealing with something that’s bigger than baseball right now, and here’s hoping that we see a clean, healthy Sabathia out there on the mound again for the Yankees in 2016.

CC Sabathia checking into alcohol rehab, will miss playoffs


CC Sabathia will not be joining the New York Yankees as they begin their chase for a World Series championship Tuesday night, as the 35-year-old lefthander has announced he will be checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center.

“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 Monday, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

“I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series. 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, and I want to be a better man, father and player.”

The Yankees are set to take on the Houston Astros in a Wild Card playoff game on Tuesday. Sabathia took part in the team’s champagne celebration after New York clinched a postseason berth last week. However, he clearly has more important things to focus on at the moment beyond baseball.

“Being an adult means being accountable. Being a baseball player means that others look up to you. I want my kids — and others who may have become fans of mine over the years — to know that I am not too big of a man to ask for help,” Sabathia wrote. “I want to hold my head up high, have a full heart and be the type of person again that I can be proud of. And that’s exactly what I am going to do.”

Sabathia had a very rough season, finishing with a 6-10 record and 4.73 ERA in 29 starts. He had pitched well recently with a 2.22 ERA over his last four starts and likely would have started a game in the ALDS, should the Yankees beat the Astros.

Here’s hoping CC gets the help he’s seeking.

CC Sabathia on Toronto bar incident: ‘I just flipped out’

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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia was caught on camera over the weekend being restrained by a friend when a fight broke out outside a nightclub in Toronto. On Monday, the lefthander admitted that his reaction was not a good look.

“I just flipped out, you know. I could have handled it better,” Sabathia told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “Made a bad decision. Sometimes these things happen.”

Sabathia said some hecklers set him off after they were getting on the 35-year-old about the brutal season he has had thus far. The former ace has a 4-9 record this year with a 5.23 ERA and has not been much help to the Yankees.

Fortunately, a friend who was with Sabathia pushed him into a taxi and got him away from the bar before a street brawl broke out. Yankees manager Joe Girardi reminded his players that they should always assume they are being filmed.

“You have to be more careful than you’ve ever been,” he said. “Everything’s fair game. There’s no privacy.”

Regardless of what was said to Sabathia, it’s not a good idea to go out on the town and surround yourself with the opposing team’s fans if you can’t handle having insults thrown your way. Ignoring the noise is all part of being a professional athlete, especially in a situation like that.

Report: CC Sabathia nearly involved in Toronto street brawl

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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia nearly found himself at the center of a fight outside a bar in Toronto over the weekend.

According to TMZ, a huge brawl broke out outside EFS Nightclub early Saturday morning after the Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays. A video allegedly shows Sabathia being restrained and forced into a car by a friend so that he stayed out of trouble.

It is unclear how the fight started, but witnesses told TMZ that people were yelling “go Blue Jays!” at Sabathia at one point.

Sabathia has been scratched from his scheduled Monday night start with the Yankees looking to get their rotation set up for a stretch of 16 games in 16 days. The altercation doesn’t appear to have anything to do with Sabathia being held out.

I don’t know who’s luckier in this situation — Sabathia for having a friend that got him out of harm’s way or whoever CC was angry with. Remember what Sabathia said about his offseason workout routine this past winter? I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a beating from the lefthander.

CC Sabathia gained weight on purpose

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The days of the skinny CC Sabathia are over. You can now welcome back the overweight ace with whom you are more familiar.

Sabathia showed up to Yankees spring training on Friday weighing 305 pounds, which is at least 10 percent heavier than he was the past two seasons.

“I lost a bunch of weight drastically, pretty quick, two years ago, and was kind of off-balance,” Sabathia said Saturday via the New York Daily News. “I didn’t know really how my body was working.”

After posting eight excellent seasons in a row, Sabathia struggled the last two seasons as he dealt with injuries. Part of the problem might have been that he no longer had the huge frame to support himself, and his body broke down as a result.

Sabathia says he gained around 20 pounds while rehabbing his knee, and he added 10 more over the winter to put him at 305.

“I feel like this is a good weight,” Sabathia said. “I feel a little stronger. I feel my legs under me, being a lot stronger, and being able to push off the mound.”

If Sabathia does not return to his pre-2013 form, it might be due to his bum knee, which is said to be a degenerative condition. It also could just be that Sabathia is now 34 and threw at least 180 innings in every season from 2001-2013. His body was bound to break down at some point. Maybe the weight gain will help him. And why shouldn’t it? As we have said in the past, some ballplayers are meant to be fat. And when you lose weight, try not to make it as drastic as Sabathia did — the photos of his weight loss were crazy.

CC Sabathia out until at least July after stem cell treatment

CC SabathiaThe New York Yankees announced last week that CC Sabathia has a degenerative knee condition in the cartilage in his right knee. Sabathia has been placed on the disabled list, and there has been a difference of opinions regarding when he will return. According to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, that won’t be any time before July.

“It will be no sooner than six weeks from today,” Cashman told the New York Post on Monday.

Sabathia received a stem cell injection in his knee last week, and Dr. James Andrews told the Yankees the process would take a minimum of six weeks if it works. That leaves New York without its ace and looking even thinner at starting pitcher, especially with Ivan Nova out for the year with an elbow injury.

“Our dialogue with Andrews has been good and the small sample of stem cell procedures, the results are very successful,” Cashman added. “But he has to be pain free before strengthening, so there is a way to go. Because he is a starter it will take longer. I have no idea how long it will be and if it will be successful. We are hoping it is six weeks to a major league return.”

Sabathia is 33 years old and has thrown a ton of innings throughout his career. Given the nature of the injury, it’s not unreasonable to wonder if he will ever be the same pitcher again. Whether he’s back before the All-Star break or not, we fully expect the Yankees to start putting their feelers out for starting pitching help.

CC Sabathia has degenerative knee condition

CC SabathiaCC Sabathia has a degenerative condition in the cartilage in his right knee, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday.

Sabathia was placed on the disabled list Sunday and went to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his knee. Andrews diagnosed CC and plans to give him a cortisone injection with stem cells Thursday, The New York Times says.

Sabathia had surgery to repair a torn meniscus on the same knee in 2010, so this is the same one that continues to give him problems.

Cashman says Hideki Matsui, Carlos Beltran and Randy Johnson had the same condition and managed to play with it, but we’re not quite as optimistic. He also says surgery could be an option.

It’s amazing that what was once one of Sabathia’s best qualities as a pitcher — durability — is now looking like a weakness. I guess that will happen to anyone who throws nearly 3,000 innings in the bigs.

H/T SI Wire