Boone to have heart valve replaced

Updated: March 21, 2009, 1:50 PM ET
Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Aaron Boone of the Houston Astros will have open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve.

Boone made the announcement Wednesday, saying he has known about his heart condition since college but tests done after his routine physical determined he needed surgery. It is not an emergency, but doctors indicated the procedure was needed.

He said doctors told him he could play baseball when he recovers, but he's not sure if he will.

An emotional Boone delivered ...

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