Aaron Boone underwent a procedure Wednesday at a Tampa, Fla, hospital to have a pacemaker implanted due to a discovered low heart rate, and it didn’t take long for the New York Yankees skipper to get refocused on the ball club.
Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza revealed Thursday morning that Boone reached out to him Wednesday only hours after surgery.
“As soon as he called, got on the phone, [his] first question was like, ‘How’d the boys look?’” Mendoza said, per the New York Post. “I was like, ‘No no no no no, how are you feeling?’ He was like, ‘I’m great. I feel great. I can already tell the difference. I’m good. So tell me how the day went. I saw that [Corey] Kluber was good, Gary [Sanchez] hit a homer. What else went on?’
“So he goes back and tells you what type of leader he is. He’s in the hospital, he’s in bed, just got out of surgery and he just wants to know what’s going on here with our guys, what’s going on in that room.”
The Yankees announced Wednesday that Boone would take an immediate medical leave of absence to treat his condition and undergo surgery. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in the statement released by the team that Boone and his family have the total support of the organization.
Boone, who remained overnight at St. Joseph’s Hospital following his procedure, is expected to be released sometime Thursday. On Wednesday, the fourth-year Yankees manager participated in a Zoom meeting from his hospital bed and recorded a message later shared with the team.
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.
Optimism abounds over the likelihood of Boone enjoying a full recovery, a belief bolstered by a cardiologist’s assessment of the Yankees manager’s condition.
“The full assumption is that he’ll be back to all his normal activities, literally with no restrictions,” Dr. Larry Chinitz, a cardiac electrophysiologist and the director of the Heart Rhythm Center at NYU Langone Health, said in a phone interview, per the New York Post. “Technology of pacemakers has evolved dramatically in the last 50 years. They’re small, they’re effective, there’s longevity in the battery.
“There are really very minimal restrictions on patients’ lives. In fact, you may be better than ever. You may have been dealing with an abnormal heart rhythm for many years. I know he had previous cardiac surgery, so this might be something that has been evolving over the years.”
Along with the cardiologist’s hopeful prognosis, it sounds like Boone is showing all indications that he is positive as well and eager to get back to work.
“This morning I texted with him. He was in good spirits, asking about guys,” Mendoza said of Boone. “Hoping he’ll be back home at some point today.”