TAMPA — When Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reported to spring training, his biggest concern was making sure Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera were healthy again after devastating 2012 injuries.
Alex Rodriguez, the highest-paid player on the team, had already been sidelined for at least half this season following hip surgery.
Then Curtis Granderson, the team’s top home run producer, suffered a broken arm from the first pitch thrown in the first exhibition game.
Cashman knows that advancing age means more fragility but he hardly expected himself to join the list of Yankees on crutches.
The fiesty general manager needed surgery after breaking his right fibula and dislocating his right ankle while making a bad landing from a parachute jump.
Cashman, known for scaling tall buildings to help worthy causes, was finishing the last of two jumps with the U.S. Army Golden Knights at Homestead Air Reserve base south of Miami.
He was jumping to publicize the Wounded Warrior Project, a Jacksonville-based group that enlists public aid and awareness for injured service members.
Now Cashman himself is a wounded warrior, at least in baseball parlance.
“I’m in great spirits,” he said before Dr. Dominic Carreira operated on him at Broward Health Medical Center. “It was an awesome experience and 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 this well-deserved additional attention.”
Cashman, 46, has been general manager of the Yankees since 1998. The team has won six pennants and four World Championships during his tenure.