Get well soon, Boone: Aaron Boone taking "immediate medical leave of absence" to have pacemaker installed
With three exhibition Spring Training games completed so far this season, the Yankees announced that their skipper, Aaron Boone, would be heading in to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa on March 3rd to receive a pacemaker.
Boone required open heart surgery in 2009 and disclosed in his own statement, also shared via Twitter, that the urgent need for the pacemaker is related to the same health concerns that necessitated the surgery. The statement indicates that Boone will be "back to work in the next several days," so we can hope that he'll be good as new by Opening Day.
Statement from Manager Aaron Boone pic.twitter.com/fbCwUrwNd6— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 3, 2021
The Yankees went forth with their evening exhibition game and wished Boonie good wishes before taking the field.
Thinking of Boonie as we play under the lights tonight 💙— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 3, 2021
Tonight’s game is scheduled to go 7 innings, pursuant to MLB rules. pic.twitter.com/IZnsCZ2E0V
As of Wednesday evening, Boone is out of surgery and "in the recovery room."
Manager Aaron Boone is out of surgery and in the recovery room at St. Joe’s hospital. The procedure went as expected.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 3, 2021
Many of Boone's colleagues shared their good wishes across social media on Wednesday:
You will not find a better person in sports than @AaronBoone so whether you’re a @yankees fan or not, send all good thoughts toward Florida today as Boone goes in to have a pace maker installed. Thinking good things.— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) March 3, 2021
Sending prayers to @AaronBoone today. Wishing you a speedy recovery!— Paul O'Neill (@PaulONeillYES) March 3, 2021
... and even the Yankees' crosstown rivals sent thoughts.
Our skipper has a special message for Aaron Boone and his family. 🧡💙pic.twitter.com/BIQUCME8od— New York Mets (@Mets) March 3, 2021
Get well soon, Boonie!