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Boone undergoes heart surgery
03/26/2009 6:25 PM ET
KISSIMMEE, FL -- Houston Astros infielder Aaron Boone underwent open heart surgery today at the Stanford University Medical Center in Palo, Alto, CA.

Early indications are that the surgery was successful and that Boone is doing well. Dr. D. Craig Miller was scheduled to perform the surgery, which was to include the replacement of an aortic valve.

"I spoke to Aaron's father Bob and he indicated that things went well," said Astros General Manager Ed Wade. "Certainly our prayers are with Aaron and the entire Boone family in hopes of a full recovery."

In medical terms, the procedure that Boone was scheduled to undergo is called bicuspid aortic valve aneurysm surgery, which included an aortic valve replacement.

On March 18, Boone announced during a press conference at the Astros Spring Training complex that he would have to undergo open heart surgery to correct a condition he had been dealing with since he was a student at the University of Southern California. Tests conducted on his heart indicated an acceleration in his condition, prompting the decision to go forward with the surgery.

At that press conference, Boone described the recovery time for the surgery to be "several months."

Boone, who signed with Houston as a free agent, has appeared in 1,142 Major League games in his career with the Reds, Yankees, Indians, Marlins and Nationals. He has a .264 (1017x3858) career average with 126 home runs, 505 RBI and 107 stolen bases.

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