Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking immediate leave to get pacemaker

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will be taking an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker, the team has announced.

The surgery to implant the pacemaker, a small device placed under the skin in a person’s chest that helps the heart beat more regularly, is expected to be performed later Wednesday.

“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,” Boone said in a press release. “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.”

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