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Observations from Tuesday’s Yankees workout:

Funky Cold Medina

Aaron Boone made a point of watching right-hander Luis Medina’s bullpen session at the minor league complex after the 21-year-old opened eyes with a strong showing in winter ball in Puerto Rico.

“I wouldn’t put anything past him because the talent is special,’’ Boone said. “He’s somebody we’re very excited about. … You never know what can happen this year. We feel he has a bright future, a major league future.”

Late Arrival

Estevan Florial was the lone player not to make it to camp on time, according to Boone, because the outfielder had visa issues.

Caught My Eye

Normally, there would have been plenty of fans in the stands for the first workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Fans will be allowed at games this spring, but so far, it’s been very quiet.

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Full-squad workouts continue, with position players at Steinbrenner Field and pitchers and catchers at the minor league complex.

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Yankees Manager Aaron Boone Taking Leave Of Absence To Get Pacemaker

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone is taking a leave of absence from the team to get a pacemaker and intends to return to work in a few days.

New York said the procedure was likely to be performed later Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Boone said in a statement the medical team is “confident that today’s surgery will allow me to resume all of my usual professional and personal activities and afford me a positive long-term health prognosis without having to change anything about my way of life. I look forward to getting back to work in the next several days.”

The New York Yankees today announced that Manager Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence to receive a pacemaker. Surgery is expected to be performed later today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 3, 2021

The 47-year-old is entering his fourth season as Yankees manager. The team started the exhibition season Sunday and was scheduled to play its fourth game on Wednesday night against Toronto in Tampa.

“As many of you know, I underwent open-heart surgery in 2009, and I wanted everyone to understand where I’m at regarding the procedure that’s taking place today,” Boone said. “Over the last six to eight weeks I’ve had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath. As a result, I underwent a series of tests and examinations in New York prior to the beginning of spring training, including multiple visits with a team of heart specialists. While the heart checkup came back normal, there were indications of a low heart rate which, after further consultations with doctors in Tampa, necessitates a pacemaker.”

Boone said “my faith is strong, and my spirits are high. I’m in a great frame of mind.”

“During my short-term absence, I have complete trust that our coaches, staff and players will continue their training and preparation at the same level as we’ve had and without any interruption,” he said.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was expected to address the situation later Wednesday.

Boone played in the major leagues from 1997-2009 and was an All-Star for the Yankees in 2003, the year his 11th-inning home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series won the pennant for New York. He is a third generation major leaguer, whose grandfather Gus, father Bob and brother Bret also played in the big leagues and whose nephew Jake is a minor leaguer in the Washington organization.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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