"I try not to dwell too much on how that would work," Showalter said. "Somehow those things have a way of solving themselves, but if they don't, an injury or a trade or whatever or just deciding not to bring Mike up here. [General manager Dan Duquette's] got that wired. As we get closer, we find out, 'OK, he's ready to contribute to the club or is he? And then it's, 'OK, now how do we do it?' And sure, you think of different scenarios on how to do it. Go to a nine-man pitching staff or something. It's two part: the level of play and not necessarily how he's doing. He's not going to have any trouble with the finger. I don't think that's going to be an issue."