KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Houston Astros third baseman Aaron Boone
today announced he'll have open heart surgery to replace an aortic
The 36-year-old told a Florida news conference that he's known
about his heart condition since college -- but tests after his
routine physical this year determined he needs surgery.
Boone says doctors told him he could play baseball when he
recovers, but he's not sure whether he will.
An emotional Boone delivered the news flanked by general manager
Ed Wade and manager Cecil Cooper.
Wade says test results show an "acceleration" of Boone's
He has a bicuspid aortic valve -- a congenital defect where the
valve has only two cusps to manage the flow of blood through the
heart, as opposed to the normal three.
Boone, who says he feels fine, expects to set a date for the
procedure later this week.
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