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Brian Cashman breaks ankle in skydiving mishap

Yankees GM injured during event supporting Wounded Warrior Project
03/04/2013 5:04 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Brian Cashman is attended to by medics after his skydive. (John Harper/Daily News)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman suffered a broken right fibula and a dislocated right ankle on Monday morning, the result of a landing mishap while skydiving with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights near Miami.

Cashman was jumping with the Golden Knights as part of an event at Homestead Air Force Reserve Base to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, and after successfully completing his first attempt, he agreed to go back up for a second jump with Army Col. Mark Rado; on that second jump, however, Cashman landed awkwardly and said he heard a “pop” in his ankle.

The Yankees' GM was tended to on the scene before being taken to Homestead Hospital, where X-rays showed the extent of his injuries. In an official release sent out Monday afternoon, the team said that Cashman was scheduled for surgery with Dr. Dominic Carreira at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., later in the day, and despite the injury, he called Monday's jumps "an awesome experience."

“I’m in great spirits, and it was an awesome experience. The Golden Knights are first class," Cashman said. "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 Golden Knights had first invited Cashman to participate in a jump when parachuted into Yankee Stadium last summer, and plans were finalized when the Yankees also finalized the plans for their March 30 exhibition game against Army at West Point.

"I like doing new things; I like challenges and stuff like that. This is a great opportunity, and a great opportunity to raise awareness,” Cashman said last month, before adding that “I’m kind of excited for the opportunity to do it, but at the same time, big-time nervous about doing it."

Cashman is no stranger to heights, as he has rappelled down the Landmark Building in Stamford, Conn., each of the last few years as part of the city’s “Heights and Lights” holiday celebration, but this was his first foray into skydiving.

“It’s a leap of faith,” he said, “but I have trust in our armed forces.”

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