Concerned at first, Cashman said Boone put him at ease recently when explaining his medical condition and that the procedure would require only a brief visit to the hospital. Cashman said Boone could be back as early as 48 to 72 hours, but that would hinge on his recovery and M.L.B.’s health and safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.
From the hospital bed earlier on Wednesday, Boone took part in the daily video call for coaches and staff, and also recorded a video for players. He joked and smiled on the call.
“That made me and all of us feel a lot better,” said Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza, who will serve as the acting manager during Boone’s absence. Mendoza added later, “We’re praying for him.”
The team’s ownership is focused on Boone’s health rather than his return.
“Our only priority at this time is Aaron’s health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery,” Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, said in a statement.
Under Boone, the Yankees have a 236-148 record and have reached the playoffs each season. He is the first major league manager to win 100 games in each of his first two seasons. Heading into the 2021 season, the Yankees were again considered a World Series contender.
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