The Yankees announced Wednesday afternoon that manager Aaron Boone will be taking an immediate medical leave of absence as he awaits surgery to receive a pacemaker.
Boone, just a week away from turning 48 years old, is expected to have surgery later this afternoon at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.
“As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today,” Boone said in a press release by the team. “Over the last six-to-eight weeks I’ve had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath. As a result, I underwent a series of tests and examinations in New York prior to the beginning of spring training, including multiple visits with a team of heart specialists. While the heart checkup came back normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultations with doctors in Tampa, necessitates a pacemaker.”
Boone’s open-heart surgery in 2009 was to replace an aortic valve, treating a heart condition he said he had known about since his college days. He was playing with the Astros at the time, and marked the end of his playing career. He was named Yankee manager after the 2017 season and led the Yanks to back-to-back 100-win seasons in his first two years at the helm.
“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high,” Boone said. “I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here at St. Joseph’s Hospital. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days, but during my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption.”
General manager Brian Cashman is expected to speak to reporters Wednesday afternoon.
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