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Yankees’ Aaron Boone takes medical leave to install pacemaker

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking medical leave from the team to undergo heart surgery.

Boone, who underwent open heart surgery to correct a birth defect in his heart in 2009, is due to go under the knife again to have a pacemaker installed.

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(UPDATE: The Yankees announced Wednesday night that Boone was out of surgery and in the recovery room at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. “The procedure went as planned,” the team said.)

The first part of Boone’s statement explains his illness:

As many of you know, I had open heart surgery in 2009 and wanted everyone to understand where I stand regarding the procedure going on today. Over the past six to eight weeks, I have had mild symptoms of dizziness, low energy, and shortness of breath. As a result, I underwent a series of tests and exams in New York City before spring training began, including multiple visits with a team of heart specialists. While the cardiac toll returned to normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultation with doctors in Tampa, requires a pacemaker.

The New York skipper said in his statement that he plans to return to the field in the coming days and his status as manager of the Yankees will likely remain unchanged, saying medics expect his lifestyle to continue. as before the operation.

Boone, 47, is entering his fourth season as manager of the Yankees and has helped guide the team to the playoffs in each of their first three seasons.



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