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TAMPA, Fla. -- The injury bug has hit the New York Yankees again, only this time it wasn't a player who got hurt and the mishap occurred away from the playing field.
General manager Brian Cashman broke his right fibula and dislocated his right ankle while skydiving with the Golden Knights of the U.S. Army Monday at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida.
Cashman made the jump to help raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and wound up joining the ranks of the wounded when his foot caught in the ground upon landing the tandem jump with Col. Mark Rado.
"I heard a pop in my ankle," Cashman said according to the New York Daily News, which had a reporter with Cashman at the event.
A Yankee spokesman said Cashman was in pain but in good spirits at the hospital. Shortly after the jump, Cashman texted the following message to ESPNNewYork.com: "It was awesome.''
In fact, Cashman enjoyed the experience so much he went for a second jump, which is when the injury occurred. He was taken to a local hospital, where X-rays revealed the fracture.
"I'm in great spirits, and it was an awesome experience," Cashman said in a release. "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."
Later, it was determined that Cashman would need surgery to set the fracture, similar to what happened to his star shortstop, Derek Jeter, who broke his ankle in a playoff game last October and now has a metal plate and screws holding the injured area together.
Cashman is no stranger to risk-taking. His participation in a rappel down the face of the 22-story Landmark Building in Stamford, Conn., while wearing an elf costume has become an annual Christmas season event.
On Friday, he seemed excited, if a bit apprehensive, about making the jump when talking about it to reporters covering the Yankees at George Steinbrenner Field.
"It's an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don't do or will ever do, so that's awesome,'' he said. "But it's not like on my list of something I've always wanted to do. I'm kind of excited for the opportunity to do it but at the same time, big-time nervous about doing it."
But, he added, "I would say it's harder probably to be GM of the Yankees than jump out of an airplane.''
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