The 47-year-old New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, who had open-heart surgery in 2009, said in a statement that he's had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath over the past six to eight weeks. He said further tests in New York prior to spring training indicated he had a low heart rate, necessitating the surgery which was performed yesterday in Florida.
"My faith is strong, and my spirits are high," Boone said in a statement released by the team. "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."
Boone, entering his fourth season as manager of the Yankees, said he looks forward "to getting back to work in the next several days."
Bench coach Carlos Mendoza took over as acting manager for last night's exhibition against the Blue Jays in Tampa.