Aaron Boone back in New York Yankees’ dugout after surgery

Feb 25, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) looks on during spring training at the Yankees player development complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will be back in the dugout on Saturday, three days after surgery to implant a pacemaker.

The Yankees will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training game in Bradenton, Fla., and Boone told reporters early Saturday he will be at the helm.

“I feel great. … I can’t believe how good I feel,” Boone said on Friday. “It makes me really glad that I got this done, because I certainly, the last couple of months, have not felt anywhere close to how I felt this morning, even yesterday morning getting out of the hospital. So really excited about it, excited to get back.”

Boone, who turns 48 on Tuesday, underwent the procedure on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa after tests indicated a low heart rate.

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Boone, who had open-heart surgery in 2009, said he had been experiencing symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath for the past two months.

He is entering his fourth season as New York’s manager. The Yankees were 33-27 during the abbreviated 2020 campaign following back-to-back 100-win seasons in 2018 (100-62) and 2019 (103-59). They lost to the Houston Astros in six games in the 2019 American League Championship Series.

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