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Yankees' Aaron Boone doing 'great' after pacemaker surgery

Field Level Media
06 Mar 2021, 02:19 GMT+10

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he is doing well following pacemaker surgery.

"To all of you that have reached out to me, prayed for me, or wished me well- THANK YOU!" he posted Friday morning on Twitter. "Support has been overwhelming and humbling. I feel great and can't wait to be back real soon."

Boone, who turns 48 on Tuesday, underwent the procedure on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after tests indicated a low heart rate.

Boone, who had open-heart surgery in 2009, said he had been experiencing symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath for the past two months.

He is entering his fourth season as New York's manager. The Yankees were 33-27 during the abbreviated 2020 campaign following back-to-back 100-win seasons in 2018 (100-62) and 2019 (103-59). They lost to the Houston Astros in six games in the 2019 American League Championship Series.

Bench coach Carlos Mendoza has assumed the managerial duties in Boone's temporary absence.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Boone could rejoin the team in spring training by the end of the week.

New York opens the regular season with three games against the Toronto Blue Jays in the Bronx, starting on April 1.

--Field Level Media

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