New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone tweeted Friday that he is feeling "great" and anticipates returning "real soon" after undergoing a procedure to insert a pacemaker.
On Wednesday, the team announced Boone was taking an immediate leave of absence to have the procedure, which took place that night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and went as expected.
"To all of you that have reached out to me, prayed for me, or wished me well- THANK YOU!" Boone, who turns 48 next week, . "Support has been overwhelming and humbling. I feel great and can’t wait to be back real soon."
To all of you that have reached out to me, prayed for me, or wished me well- THANK YOU! Support has been overwhelming and humbling. I feel great and can’t wait to be back real soon. ❤️ 🙏🏼
Boone underwent open-heart surgery to replace his bicuspid aortic valve in March 2009 while he was a player. He suited up for the Houston Astros in September of that year.
"Over the last six-to-eight weeks I’ve had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath," Boone said Wednesday in a statement through the team. "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."
Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza has led the team in Boone's absence.
Contributing: Associated Press; Pete Caldera, USA TODAY Network
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