Yankees manager Aaron Boone was back on the grind Saturday morning after having surgery to implant a pacemaker Wednesday.
The 47-year-old was reportedly back and forth between the field, the tower and bullpen of the Yankees’ player development complex as he watched workouts on his first day back.
“It’s good to come watch Gerrit Cole pitch; that’s always a good way to get back into it,” he said.
He stayed overnight in a local hospital and was released on Thursday. Boone was cleared to resume activities after passing his COVID-19 intake screening.
Cole said that it was a “nice surprise” to spot Boone behind home plate.
“It was a nice surprise, I thought he was going to get in here tomorrow, but he was able to get in a day early,” Cole said. “Good to see him back and feeling good.”
The manager said he feels great and he planned to be back in the dugout at 1 p.m. for the Yankees game against the Pirates.
Boone had been undergoing testing for a low heart rate for several weeks and said he would have come back on Friday if it weren’t for COVID-19 protocols.
He said he feels great now, and ready to be back.
“I’m really excited to get back,” Boone said. “I just want to extend my gratitude to everyone. I’ve heard from so many people the last couple of days. That’s been really touching and humbling. I’m just really appreciative of that.”