As one high-profile Yankee after another emerged with bad news from the “Carl Pavano Memorial MRI Tube’’ and landed on the disabled list during spring training, the mantra flowing from the manager’s office remained the same.

“I believe in the guys we have,’’ Joe Girardi said often as the bad news invaded the Yankees’ clubhouse.

Curtis Granderson fractured a forearm. Mark Teixeira tore a wrist tendon sheath. Derek Jeter’s surgically repaired ankle wasn’t ready. A disk in Phil Hughes’ upper back bulged.

And the song remained the same.

Starting today against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium with ace CC Sabathia on the mound and Jon Lester hurling for the visitors, the words uttered by GM Brian Cashman, Andy Pettitte, Girardi and Sabathia will be tested.

Of course, the Yankees had to say what they said. Imagine the howling from an already skeptical fan base if somebody said, “We are banged up and have no chance.”

Yet instead of taking a wait-and-see approach, Girardi believes Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, David Phelps and Eduardo Nunez can adequately fill in or replace the list of spring training casualties not to mention Alex Rodriguez, who missed the entire spring training recovering from hip surgery. When or if he returns is a big question.

“I don’t think you necessarily have to completely change your philosophy because of the people that are missing,’’ Girardi said. “We have a little more speed now, but we probably would have had that anyway. Every year is challenging and every year you are going to go through things. Sometimes you are going to go through it in the middle of the year, sometimes in the end of the year. We happen to be doing it in the beginning right now.’’