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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Cashman: I feel surprisingly good

By Andrew Marchand

TAMPA, Fla. – Sprawled out on the manager’s office couch, Brian Cashman was in good spirits for a man who just busted up his right fibula and ankle after jumping out of a plane.

“I feel surprisingly good,” said Cashman, who now has a plate in his leg and eight screws in his ankle. “I’m not moving very well. I have no pain, which is surprising.”

He said the most painful aspect so far was when the nurse ripped his Band-Aid off the hair on his arm. Cashman’s one regret was the feeling that he let down his Arm Forces teammates.

“It is like a football situation,” Cashman said. “You have all these guys on the same team and you are supposed to run a play and everybody is supposed to execute their part of the play and I broke down in the end on one of my own protocols, which was keeping my legs up at all times, higher than land -- I didn’t do that.

“We were raising awareness for the Wounded Warriors Project, which we certainly did. That's a good thing. I like to take a negative and turn it into a positive. I felt bad because the Army guys, I could see it in their faces, they felt bad so I felt like I let them down.”

Cashman expects to first get sympathy and then ribbing from everyone around the Yankees. He will be on crutches for at least eight weeks and will be unable to drive for awhile.

“Volunteers,” Cashman said when asked how he will get around. “I’m going to need some assistance in certain things. I’ll take my liberties.”

On Monday in Miami, Cashman and his teammates dropped from 13,600-feet, he said. The two jumps were about 48 seconds each. The highest speed was 129-MPH. Cashman said the parachute deployed at 8,000-feet.

“It was incredible,” Cashman said.

Cashman said he would do it again. He doesn’t know if he will do it again, but he said he would.