MLB Notes: Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks ankle skydiving
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|The New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (L) talks with player Curtis Granderson (R) during MLB spring training workouts in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 19, 2013. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)
Accident and skydiving are two words a sports franchise doesn’t want to hear in the same sentence regarding personnel.
For New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, it meant a lot of pain but nothing too severe.
The Yankees’ 45-year-old executive suffered a broken right fibula and a dislocated right ankle on Monday while on a skydiving excursion with U.S. military personnel in Florida.
While helping to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that provides services to wounded soldiers, Cashman did so in an unintended way.
“I’m in great spirits, and it was an awesome experience,” Cashman said in a statement.
He added: “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.”
Cashman was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday in Fort Lauderdale.
PETTITTE FEELING FRESH AT 40
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte still feels fresh ahead of his 17th major league season.
The 40-year-old left-hander is slated to be the Yankees’ No. 3 starter after a broken left fibula sidelined him last June.
"I’m loving being back," Pettitte, who’s on a one-year, $12-million deal, told ESPN. "I’m excited about the season and this organization and trying to help us win another championship. If I stay healthy, I feel like I can pitch for a long time. It doesn’t mean I want to, but I feel like I could."
New York manager Joe Girardi seems to agree, comparing Pettitte, a three-time all-star and five-time World Series champion, to Mariano Rivera, the Yankees’ 43-year-old closer.
"When I think of players dropping off pretty dramatically, I think of guys that are 35 or 36," Girardi said. "If you’re going to see that dropoff, that’s the time you’re going to see it. And these guys have shown that it’s not happening.”
DICKEY GETS CALL FOR USA
Team USA manager Joe Torre has named Toronto Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey as the team’s starter for Friday’s World Baseball Classic opener.
The Americans begin group play against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz., before San Francisco Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong starts against Team Italy on Saturday.
Torre also announced Dickey’s Toronto teammate J.P. Arencibia will catch the opening game.
Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland is slated to start Sunday’s game against Team Canada.
Classic rules state that starters can throw just 65 pitches in the first round, 80 in the second round and 95 in the semifinals.