Yankees GM breaks leg skydiving
Cashman jumped with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in a plane from Homestead Air Reserve Base outside Miami, a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. He was hurt on his second jump Monday.
The Yankees said X-rays at Homestead Hospital revealed a broken fibula and dislocated ankle. Cashman was scheduled for surgery later in the day with Dr. Dominic Carreira at Broward Health Medical Center.
”I’m in great spirits, and it was an awesome experience,” Cashman said in a statement. ”The Golden Knights are first class. While I certainly didn’t intend to raise awareness in exactly this fashion, I’m extremely happy that the Wounded Warrior Project is getting the well-deserved additional attention.”
The 45-year-old, who has been the team’s GM since February 1998, also has rappelled down a 350-foot, 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., in an elf’s costume the past two Decembers as part of the town’s ”Heights and Lights” celebration.
John Harper of the New York Daily News shared a photo of Cashman laying on the ground waiting to receive medical attention following his second jump.
Cashman: i heard a pop in my ankle. twitter.com/NYDNHarper/sta…
— John Harper (@NYDNHarper) March 4, 2013
Cashman’s skydive benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project, so at the very least he can take comfort knowing that his pain is paying off. Here we are thinking that incredibly strange spring training injuries like this and this can only happen to players. Little did we know, GMs are just as susceptible.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.