Ok, I'll say it. I think you could make the case that Griffey going on the DL doesn't hurt the team that much.
1. Freel becomes CF and he has much more range than Griffey. I would guess a full 1 or 1.5 wins differnce (regarding defense). All this is assuming that Griffey's defense cost about -30 hits per year. You couple that with Freel being an average CF and i think it adds up to about 1.5 wins.
2. My best guess is there's a 1 win difference between Griffey and Freel offensively.
If all this is true, then a case could be made that there's an even exchange, Freel for Griffey.
3. Moving Freel to CF opens up 2nd base thus allowing Phillips to play full-time. The difference between Freel and Phillips is close to an even exchange. Freel and Phillips are essentially the same player offensively with Freel having an edge. I would think Phillps is better at defense and, i know he can turn the double play better than Freel.
Long term. The only real negative effect it has is possibly giving Tony Womack more ab's. I'm hoping Narron bats Aurilla instead. If they cut Womack today (per LaRue) then things really shape up.
The Griffey injury ain't gonna hurt this team that much....maybe not at all.
All this would change if they put Griffey in left and moved AD to first, but as of this configuration....we are fine.