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Don Zimmer Hospitalized


New York Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer missed Friday night's game against Seattle after being hospitalized because of a heart ailment that flared up.

Zimmer, 68, was admitted to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center on Thursday night for evaluation of a cardiac abnormality, which the Yankees described as "minor." The team said Zimmer had been treated for the same problem in the past.

Zimmer was still in the hospital Friday, and it was not known when he would rejoin the team. The Yankees said he also was bothered by neck pain.

Now in his 51st season of professional baseball, Zimmer guided the AL East-leading Yankees to a 21-15 record this year as interim manager while Joe Torre was recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

Zimmer has been slowed by a sore knee, and has said he will undergo knee replacement surgery after the season.

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