The Yankees GM injured himself on his second jump from a plane Monday morning at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. General manager Brian Cashman had one successful jump with the Gold Knights of the U.S. Army, but on the second skydive, he broke his right ankle when he hit the ground.
The Yankees GM made his first jump without incident alongside Sgt. Noah Watts. When asked if he wanted to go again, he obliged, but upon his landing, he heard a sickening sound.
"I heard a pop in my ankle," Cashman told The New York Daily News.
John Harper of The New York Daily News was there during the GM's jumps, and revealed that the injury was even worse than it sounded.
"People who attended to Cashman say they're pretty sure his ankle is broken," the reporter tweeted, citing that medical and fire emergency services were in the vicinity. "They say bone was sticking out. Took him to the hospital."
After being transported to a local hospital, Cashman said that he had enjoyed the skydiving experience. Despite being in pain, a Yankees spokesman said that the GM was still feeling good.
"It was awesome," Cashman texted ESPN New York.
The general manager had fractured his right ankle on the fall, and he will need surgery to reset the fracture.
Cashman's 12,500-foot jump wasn't simply for the fun of it, although he did call it an "incredible experience." He was participating to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, which works to help severely injured service members with aid, assistance, and programming.
Cashman initially seemed excited and quite nervous to participate in the skydive when he spoke to reporters Friday. Now, it seems, he had good reason.
"It's an opportunity to do something that a lot of people don't do or will ever do, so that's awesome,'' Cashman 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."