Yankees' Brian Cashman feeling 'no pain' after surgery
TAMPA, Fla. -- A day later, Brian Cashman still called it an "awesome" experience.
And ironically, a pain-free one.
"No pain," the Yankees general manager said Tuesday afternoon in his car shortly after being released from Broward Health Medical Center, where he was kept overnight following surgery. "But I'm sure it's coming."
Cashman suffered a broken right fibula and dislocated right ankle Monday while skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights at the Air Reserve Base in Homestead, Fla., to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which aides injured servicemen and women.
His first jump from 13,650 feet up went flawlessly but trouble arose on his second jump when, upon landing, his right foot caught in the grass.
"I don't regret it at all," said Cashman, who was driven back to Tampa and arrived at Steinbrenner Field just before 7 p.m., in time for first pitch of Tuesday night's game against the Braves. "I regret my poor landing skills. I messed up."
After the nearly five-hour drive, Cashman, sitting in a golf cart driven by clubhouse manager Lou Cucuzza Jr., said he had not received any pain pills.
"It didn't hurt when I broke it and I broke it bad," he said.
Cashman said he has a plate with eight screws in his leg, which is in a non-weight bearing cast up to the knee. He will not be able to put pressure on it for the next eight weeks. Somewhat remarkably, Cashman said he hasn't felt much in the way of pain.
"They ask you your pain threshold from zero to 10 after surgery and I was like, 'zero.' It hasn't hit me yet. I'm sure it will."
Cashman said regardless of pain and immobility, his duties as GM won't be impacted.
But, "Instead of the hare," he said, "I'll be the tortoise."
Cashman's injury drew a few shakes of the head.
"I'd never do it," Joe Girardi said of jumping out of an airplane. "He's a brave man. To be here tonight, he's a gamer."
The last three winters, Cashman has rappelled down the 22-story Landmark Building near his home in Stamford, Conn., as part of the city's Heights and Lights tree lighting event. "It's just funny, it's crazy," CC Sabathia said. "I guess it's not funny because he got hurt but he likes to do stuff like that, scaling up walls, jumping out of planes. That's him . . . "
Cashman said he was "embarrassed" by the incident but glad a positive came from it.
"We were raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, which we certainly did, and that's a good thing," Cashman said. "But I felt bad because the Army guys, I could see it in their faces, they felt bad. I felt I let them down. I was embarrassed, I screwed up."