CC Sabathia walked into manager Joe Girardi's office in Baltimore on Sunday and made a stunning admission: He has an alcohol problem.

"The first thing he said is, 'I need help,'" Girardi said Monday.

Sabathia surprised many in the Yankees organization by revealing his problem. And with the team's help, he is checking into a rehab center and will miss the postseason, a setback to the pitching staff the day before New York meets Houston in the AL wild-card game.

The team issued a statement from the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, who said he took the step to receive the care he needs and become the kind of person "I can be proud of."

"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," the 35-year-old Sabathia said. "It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right."

General Manager Brian Cashman, along with the players and Girardi, would not elaborate on who was involved in helping Sabathia inform the team and come to the decision to seek immediate help.

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• The Los Angeles Angels introduced Billy Eppler as their 12th general manager on Monday, a day after their season ended with the Angels out of the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.Eppler was the other finalist for this job four years ago, when owner Arte Moreno hired Jerry Dipoto instead. DiPoto abruptly quit on the team at midseason.

• Oakland prompoted assistant GM David Forst to general manager and elevated Billy Beane to executive vice president of baseball operations.


•Major League Baseball's speed-up rules managed to cut six minutes from the average time of a nine-inning game this season. According to STATS, the season average ended at 2 hours, 56 minutes. While the average dropped to 2:53 in the first half of the season, it was back at 3:00 after the All-Star break.

•MLB averaged 30,517 fans at games this season, up slightly from the previous two years. The average was up from last year's 30,454 and was the most since 30,985 in 2012, the commissioner's office said.