New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence in order to undergo surgery to receive a pacemaker, according to a team announcement issued on Wednesday.
Boone, 47, underwent open-hear surgery back in 2009 and has said that he has had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath over the past six to eight weeks. Upon undergoing further tests in New York ahead of Spring Training, it was discovered that Boone had a low heart rate, which made the surgery necessary.
The procedure will be performed Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.
“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 an official team statement. “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.”
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said “the thoughts of the entire organization are with Aaron and his family” in a statement released by the team.
“Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and a genuine concern for others,” Steinbrenner said. “Our only priority at this time is Aaron’s health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery.”