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Cashman has no regrets after skydiving injury


TAMPA, Fla. -- Brian Cashman arrived at George M. Steinbrenner Field in time for Tuesday's game, outfitted with a pair of hospital-issued scrub pants, a fresh hard cast and a new pair of crutches that will be by his side for the next eight weeks.

Though the Yankees' general manager fractured his right fibula and dislocated his right ankle in a skydiving stunt with the U.S. Army Golden Knights, he had no regrets about agreeing to participate in Monday's event at the Homestead Air Force Base outside Miami.

"We did this to build awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, which we certainly did," Cashman said. "So that's a good thing. You like to take a negative and turn it into a positive."

Cashman said he knew he was injured immediately upon landing in his second tandem jump, having made a rookie mistake of letting his leg dangle as the ground approached. He joked that his landing looked like one of Paul O'Neill's ugly slides into second base.

"I'm just not as Army Strong as I needed to be at that moment in time," said Cashman, who needed a plate and eight screws to be inserted surgically on Monday. "At least, my fibula wasn't."

Cashman said that while he was recovering from surgery, he thought about what the phone call to Steinbrenner would have been like.

"I had George in the back of my mind saying, 'You've got to get back to Tampa,'" Cashman said. "So I'm here and we've got work to do."

Cashman said that he imagines Steinbrenner would have ribbed him mercilessly about all of the times The Boss jumped from airplanes and never suffered an injury, given his military background.

With that in mind, Cashman also is certain that The Boss would have stamped his approval for the GM to participate in Monday's event.

"For the Wounded Warrior Project?" Cashman said. "No question about it. No doubt about it."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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