Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave of absence to receive pacemaker

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 12: New York Yankees Manager Aaron Boone (17) in the dugout during an MLB spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals at The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 12, 2020.  Following this game, Major League Baseball suspended spring training games in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence from the team so he can receive a pacemaker. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will be taking an immediate medical leave of absence from the team so he can receive a pacemaker, the franchise announced Wednesday.

The Yankees released a statement from Boone, who is having the surgery done Wednesday.

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Boone, who had open-heart surgery in 2009, explained that he has been experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath over the past few months. He consulted with doctors in New York and Tampa, Florida, and as a result is having surgery immediately to have a pacemaker installed in his chest, which will regulate his heartbeat.

Boone didn't offer a specific timeline for his absence, but indicated that it wouldn't be long.

"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."

At the end of his statement, Boone encouraged those who also deal with heart issues to stay "vigilant" about their health.

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner offered well wishes and support to Boone as he undergoes surgery and recovers.

"The thoughts of the entire organization and with Aaron and his family as he undergoes this procedure and take the time he needs to properly heal. Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and a genuine concern for others. Our only priority at this time is Aaron's health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery."

The Yankees updated Boone's status Wednesday, saying he was out of surgery and that the procedure went as expected.

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