The Yankees sent out a press release this afternoon announcing that manager Aaron Boone will take an immediate leave of absence. Boone needs to have a pacemaker inserted and surgery is scheduled for later today. Scary stuff, no doubt, but the good news is that this is being addressed now.
Here’s Boone’s statement, included in today’s announcement:
“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,” said Boone. “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.”Aaron Boone
It’s unclear when the 47 year-old will return to the helm, but that’s not of much importance at this time. He did say it’ll be short-term, for what it’s worth. Still, no need to rush back. What matters most is taking care of his own wellbeing. Brian Cashman is going to meet the media later, so we’ll have more details then.
Get well soon, skip!