Boone better with pacemaker, to return to Yanks this weekend

Fri Mar 5 11:58am ET
By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer

New York Yankees' Manager Aaron Boone stands on the field before a spring baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


New York Yankees' Manager Aaron Boone, left, stands with Aaron Judge, center, and DJ LeMahieu as they are announced before a spring baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


New York Yankees' Manager Aaron Boone stands on the field before a spring baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


NEW YORK (AP) New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he's feeling better after getting a pacemaker and said he hopes to return to the team Saturday or Sunday.

Boone said he would have been back with the Yankees on Friday if not for novel coronavirus protocols.

''I think I'm ready to be back in the dugout,'' he said during a news conference Friday.

He had the pacemaker inserted Wednesday and was discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

Boone said he felt light-headed at times during the offseason and reached out to his cardiologist for testing. He said monitoring determined he had a low heart rate.

''Energy level, not myself. I felt like I had to reach for it every day in a way,'' he said of his feelings before the procedure.

Boone said he has noticed marked improvement.

''You have your morning coffee, today's morning coffee really worked,'' he said. ''Me and my new buddy are doing quote well.''

Boone is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager. He had open heart surgery in 2009.