Aaron Boone doesn’t have the heart to play baseball. So that’s why he’s leaving the Houston Astros to undergo surgery.
Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that the 11-year MLB veteran will have to have open-heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. As a result, Aaron bid adieu to his Astros teammates, coaches & GM at spring training in Kissimmee, Florida, on Wednesday. And it’s unsure when, or if, he’ll return.
Boone had known about his heart condition since his college days at USC in the early ’90s. But after some recent tests following his pre-camp physical, doctors have advised Aaron to “deal with the problem sooner rather than later.”
And now Aaron is not quite sure what the future holds:
“Am I going to recover well enough to play baseball again? Probably. Will I play baseball again? I don’t know at this time. We’ll cross that bridge when I get there.”
With the surgery, there’s a good chance that Boone will miss the entire season, if not put an end to his career. But Aaron is taking it all with a wait-and-see approach:
“I think about it a little bit,” he says of returning to baseball. “But at the end of the thought or the end of the day it’s about getting this and we’ll see where I am a month from now, two months from now, three months from now. That’s something I’ll research, talk to people. Hopefully get a chance to talk to people that are younger that have had it. (Golden State Warrior) Ronny Turiaf, he’s had it. I’m going to try to reach out to him and we’ll see.”
Although he’s leaving the Astros lineup, Aaron isn’t quite ready to go under the knife immediately:
Boone expects to schedule the surgery this week, but he was adamant that it wasn’t an emergency situation that needed him “to rush to the table.” Nonetheless, he’ll schedule the open-heart surgery later this week to undergo it in the “near future.”
But once he does go through with the surgery & begins recuperation, it’s hard to tell if Aaron will receive many get-well cards from Red Sox Nation. After all, he is responsible for breaking their hearts before.