The New York Yankees reported Wednesday that manager Aaron Boone has taken medical leave after undergoing surgery to install a pacemaker at Tampa Hospital near the AL Club’s spring training headquarters.
The panel said Boone’s procedure “went well” and that he would spend the night resting and recovering at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, and that the pilot was “in good spirits.”
Boone, 48, is preparing for his fourth season as Yankees manager next week. He played in major leagues for 12 years, mostly with the Cincinnati Reds and one season with New York.
General manager Brian Cashman pointed out that Boone could be back with the team in two to three days.
“My faith is strong, my spirits are high. I’m very excited because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” Boone said in a statement Wednesday. A few hours before surgery. “Doctors hope that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my regular professional and personal activities and provide a positive long-term health prognosis without changing anything in my lifestyle,” Boone said.
Bench coach Carlos Mendoza took over as interim manager in an early game on Wednesday, in which New York beat Toronto 4-1.
Mendoza, 41, was a minor league player with San Francisco and New York from 1997-99, and begins his 13th season as a Yankees employee. Boone joined Major League Baseball staff in 2018 as a quality control and infield coach, replacing Josh Bard as bench coach in 2020.
The New York pilot recorded a video for his soldiers.
“(Aaron) they have to continue their work and do the right things (…), it was so good for us,” Mendoza said.
Boone is part of a larger baseball family. His brother Brett, his father Bob and his grandfather Ray also played in major leagues.
He was a commentator for ESPN when he took on the task of managing the Yankees before the start of the 2018 season.In their three seasons, the Yankees played a staggering 615 percent (236-148) with two 100-wins, three seasons. Post-season appearances.
“The thoughts of the whole organization are with Aaron and his family because he is undergoing this procedure and it will take time to heal properly,” said Hall Steinbrenner, chairman of the Yankees board of directors.
“Aaron guides our soldiers, coaches and staff with work ethic, intelligence and genuine concern for others. Now our only priority is Aaron’s health and well-being. We will support him in every way we can,” the owner added.
Boone said he hopes a team of coaches led by Venezuela’s Carlos Mendoza (bench coach) will continue to lead the club’s production at the same level without interruption. He also sent counseling to those with heart conditions.
“I would like to take this opportunity to help everyone dealing with heart problems to be vigilant and contact their doctor if they have any symptoms of discomfort or problem. Any problem affecting the heart is likely to be serious. The first and foremost thing you can do for yourself and your family is always your health.” Boone said.