Brian Cashman broke his right leg and dislocated the ankle while skydiving in Florida with the U.S. Army Golden Knights.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Brian Cashman has often said that being general manager of the New York Yankees is much harder than any of the high-altitude, thrill-seeking challenges he has undertaken in recent years.

But Cashman may no longer be able to stick to that claim because, for all the blows he has absorbed in his duties as Yankees GM — and there have been many — there were never any broken bones involved.

On Monday, Cashman broke his right leg and dislocated the ankle while skydiving in Florida.

Cashman jumped with the U.S. Army Golden Knights in a plane from Homestead Air Reserve Base outside Miami, a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. He was hurt on his second jump Monday.

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The Yankees said X-rays revealed a broken fibula and dislocated ankle. Cashman was scheduled for surgery later in the day.

“I’m in great spirits, and it was an awesome experience,” Cashman said in a statement. “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.”

The 45-year-old, who has been Yankees GM since February 1998, also has rappelled down a 350-foot, 22-story building in Stamford, Conn., in an elf’s costume the past two Decembers as part of the town’s “Heights and Lights” celebration.

Votto decides

to play in WBC

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto, pleased with the health of his left knee, will play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic March 12-16.

Votto wanted to see how his knee felt before committing. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, missed 48 games and wasn’t at full strength when he returned late in the season.

The National League’s 2010 MVP grew up near Toronto and played for Canada in the 2009 WBC.


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