Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking medical leave from the team to undergo heart surgery.
Boone, who had open heart surgery to correct a congenital heart defect in 2009, should go under the knife again to have his pacemaker installed.
(UPDATE: The Yankees announced Wednesday night that Boone was without surgery and in the recovery room at St. Mary’s Hospital. Joseph in Tampa, Florida. (“The process went as expected,” the team said.)
The first part of Boone’s statement explains his illness:
As many of you know, I underwent open heart surgery in 2009 and I wanted everyone to understand where I am in relation to the procedure that is taking place today. For the past six to eight weeks, I have had mild symptoms of dizziness, low energy, and difficulty breathing. As a result, I underwent a series of tests and examinations in New York City before the start of spring training, including multiple visits with a team of heart experts. Although the heart examination returned to normal, there were indications of a low heart rate, which requires a pacemaker after further consultation with doctors in Tampa.
The New York skipper says in a statement that he plans to return to the field in the coming days and that his status as Yankees manager is likely to remain unchanged, saying doctors expect his lifestyle to continue as before surgery.
Aaron Boone, who had a pacemaker operation, could return to duty management in as little as 48-72 hours, according to GM’s Brian Cashman. Boone participated in a Zoom staff call from his hospital bed and recorded a video for the players to help everyone relax by the cash. Carlos Mendoza, interim manager.
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Boone, 47, is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager and has helped lead the team to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.