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Yankees manager Aaron Boone taking leave to have pacemaker implanted

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will take immediate medical leave to undergo a procedure to have a pacemaker implanted.

The Yankees announced the news Wednesday via statement.

Boone previously underwent open-heart surgery in 2009. The Yankees skipper revealed in his statement that he has been experiencing minor symptoms for the last six to eight weeks.

Further tests in New York before Boone embarked to Tampa, Fla., for spring training revealed the need for the pacemaker procedure. Boone added in his statement he is eager to get “back to work in the next several days.”

“My faith is strong, and my spirits are high,” Boone said in a statement shared by the Yankees. “I’m in a great frame of mind because I know I’m in good hands with the doctors and medical staff here. They are confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life.”

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in the statement released by the team that Boone and his family have the total support of the organization.

“Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and a genuine concern for others,” Steinbrenner said. “Our only priority at this time is Aaron’s health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery.”

In three seasons as the dugout general for the Yankees, Boone has led the team to a 236-148 record, one AL East pennant and three appearances in the postseason, including a run to the ALCS in 2019.

Boone will undergo surgery for the pacemaker implant procedure Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.