Aaron Boone Returns to Majors Five Months After Heart Surgery

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Upon Return, Boone was 'Nervous'

After the game, Boone told reporters:


"I was a little nervous taking the field," he said after going 0-for-3 in the 2-0 loss. "I was fine last night and all day today. And then running out there I was a little nervous. I got in the flow of the game pretty quick and at first I just handled the ball a lot. Once we got going I felt pretty good."
"It’s great to get back out there and be a part of a real game," he said. "It didn’t go our way, but it’s good to get out there and get the competitive juices flowing and deal with your nerves. I felt pretty good."
The Chron also reported that Boone wrote "goodbye" letters to his family and friends before his March surgery in case there were complications with his surgery.
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Boone Goes 0-3 in Return

The comeback from open heart surgery was storybook enough, so it was a little too much to ask for Aaron Boone to write another chapter this afternoon.
That Boone finished 0-3 (two flies to left field and a ground out to shortstop) in the Astros 2-0 loss to the Cubs is but a footnote to this amazing tale. Five months after open heart surgery, he was able to play a full game and make a nice defensive play to boot is the story. Anything beyond that would have been icing atop a very, very sweet cake.
Plus, Boone already has a legendary home run on his resume. Let's not get greedy.

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Aaron Boone Returns to Majors Five Months After Heart Surgery

In March, when Aaron Boone found out he needed open heart surgery to replace his bicuspid aortic valve, a return to baseball was the furthest thing from his mind. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," he said at the time. He got to that bridge a lot sooner than expected.

Just five months after his career was put in jeopardy by the open heart procedure, Aaron Boone is back in the Majors. He was in the lineup this afternoon for the Houston Astros for an afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs. In his return, Boone will be playing first base and batting seventh for the 'Stros.

The 36-year old had been in the minors since August 10 and was called up to Houston this past weekend. He went 0-4 in two games with Triple-A Round Rock.

When Boone had his surgery, doctors weren't sure whether he would ever return to the game. However, they were nearly certain that if he did it wouldn't be this season. No player had ever played in the Majors after an open heart procedure.

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