Yankees' Aaron Boone takes leave of absence to get pacemaker

Boone has had a heart condition since childhood

Aaron Boone is taking an absence from the New York Yankees to get a pacemaker after experiencing some issues breathing over the last two months.

Boone is in the middle of trying to get the team prepped and ready for the 2021 season.

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The medical team is "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. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days," Boone said in a statement Wednesday.

The procedure will take place at a Tampa, Fla., hospital as the Yankees are in the Sunshine State for spring training.

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"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," the 47-year-old said. "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."

He said that his spirits were high.

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Boone's 2009 open-heart surgery replaced a bicuspid aortic valve, an issue he’s had since he was a childhood. Boone would briefly play that season but retire and later work for ESPN.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.