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Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave of absence to receive pacemaker

The surgery will be performed on Wednesday night in Tampa

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The New York Yankees have announced that manager Aaron Boone will take a leave of absence to receive a pacemaker. The leave begins immediately, and New York’s skipper is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

In a statement, Boone said, “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. 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.

“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high. 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.

“I also want to take this opportunity to remind all those dealing with heart issues to remain vigilant in your care and to reach out to your doctor should you have any symptoms of discomfort or trouble. Any issue involving the heart has the potential to be serious. Staying on top of your health is always the first and most important thing you can do for yourself and your family.”

Boone, who turns 48 next Tuesday, is a former MLB infielder and television analyst. He joined the Yankees as their manager for the 2018 season and has since posted a 236-148 record in the regular season. Under Boone, the Yankees finished with at least 100 wins in both 2018 and 2019. They are currently 2-1 in 2021 Spring Training play.

Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza is expected to assume managerial duties in Boone’s absence. Mendoza, 41, spent 13 seasons as a player in the minors before beginning a coaching career in 2009. Over the course of nearly a decade, he rose through the minors. In 2017, he joined the Major League staff as an infield coach. He was promoted to bench coach ahead of the 2020 season.

We send our thoughts and best wishes to Aaron ahead of his operation.