That is the number one goal for every manager when they head into spring training. Yes it's about getting the players ready for the grind of the 162 game schedule coming up, but every manager wants to make it through without significant injuries...
Well throw that one out the window...Yankees are already nursing Mo, Jeter, and CC. Then Hughes aggrevates a bulging disc in his back, and now with his first AB of the spring Granderson gets plunked on the forearm is out 10 weeks with a fracture.
Yankees were already down 100 HRs from last year given the departures of Swisher, Ibanez, Martine, Chavez and Jones. You can throw in A-Rod if you want who in a part time role had 18, but now Granderson will miss all of spring and probably the first month if not more of the regular season. I don't think there is need to run out and make a huge trade for an outfielder. Granderson will still see most of the season. But the loss early can't be overlooked. Granderson had 16 HR early last year (8 HR in each of April and May). Plus Granderson is an everyday player, playing in 160 games. Yankees will miss that a little early on.
What this does do is make it clear sailing for the move of Gardner to CF. It eliminates any controversy surrounding the move. Gardner will get all the playing time in CF now in spring and he'll start the season in CF. By the time Granderson comes back it won't make sense for Gardner to move back to LF.
This injury also opens the door a little maybe for some of the prospects to get a little more playing time. I imagine the Yankees won't be looking to Mason Williams (not in big camp anyways) or Tyler Austin just yet, but guys like Melky Messa, Ramon Flores, and Zoilo Almonte (it was Abraham Almonte that was traded to Seattle) along with Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera are now battling not just for the #4 spot in the OF but a starting spot until Granderson gets back.
Lastly, Mid made a comment about not seeing a lot of runs in the lineup. I completely disagree. While I will agree the overall power will be way down, the team will still score runs...lots of them. All you need to do is look at the greatest team of our generation, and perhaps all time, 1998 Yankees. They did not have a single player with more than 28 HRs (Tino led the team with 28) but everyone was in double digits. And I can see that happening with this lineup, with the exception of Gardner who may hit 5. Everyone else will get to double digits (combining Cervelli and Stewart should get you that from the catching position). Jeter, Ichiro and Youkilis will each hit 15, Cano & Teixeira will be 30, C will produce 10, and LF will be over 20 when Granderson gets back. The team will need to develop the mindset of situational hitting, and getting the key hit, not the HR, in a big situation.