TAMPA — Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker because of a low heart rate, the Yankees announced Wednesday.
The 47-year-old manager, who underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, was scheduled to undergo surgery later on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.
“Over the last six-to-eight weeks I’ve had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath,” Boone said in a statement. “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.”
Boone said doctors were confident the surgery would allow him to resume his professional and personal activities and that he looked forward to getting back to work “in the next several days.”
The Yankees did not say who would replace Boone in the interim, but general manager Brian Cashman was scheduled to speak with reporters later on…