Worst Yanks lineup in two decades

New York poised to have its worst Opening Day lineup since 1991

Updated: February 25, 2013, 2:17 PM ET
By Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Curtis GrandersonKim Klement/USA TODAY SportsGranderson's injury means the Yankees' lineup will be very different than the 2012 version.

Baseball is a game of breaks, and the New York Yankees received a bad one this weekend. In this case, a literal one, as center fielder Curtis Granderson's forearm squared off against J.A. Happ's fastball, but did not emerge victorious.

As a result, the Yankees are guaranteed to start the season missing a player who hit 86 home runs and missed only eight games over the past two seasons. In itself, the loss of Granderson for a month or more doesn't doom the 2013 season, but given the other hits the franchise has taken in recent years, the Yankees are in a more vulnerable position than they've been in for a number of years.