That was the theme of the day for the Twins on Tuesday when they announced plans to place Francisco Liriano (12-3) on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, and recalled Matt Garza, their top pitching prospect, from Triple-A Rochester.
But it's expecting too much to expect Garza to replace in any respect the 22-year-old left-hander who resurrected a struggling rotation in May and who goes to the DL with the top ERA in the majors (2.19).
In fact, the pair of moves Tuesday merely serves to underscore how deep the Twins' rotation issues have sunk after finally seeming to right the ship at midseason.
Garza, who leads the minor leagues with 14 victories and 154 strikeouts, was due up, regardless, to become the latest to take a shot at the troublesome No. 5 spot in the rotation. He's scheduled to make his major league debut when he starts Friday.
Replacing Liriano will be far more problematic, with Scott Baker expected to be brought back from Triple-A for a third shot this season at sticking in the rotation.
If Garza, who got his third promotion of the season after opening in Single-A, doesn't make the remarkable jump to the majors at remarkable speed Friday, and Baker doesn't suddenly discover the secret to sticking in the majors, the final six weeks of the season could be the longest the Twins have experienced in years.
REPLAY: Brad Radke provided some optimism for a listing rotation Tuesday when he pitched a surprisingly strong seven innings to beat the first-place Tigers in Detroit, 4-2. The Twins were 0-7 in Detroit this year before that, with just one more game, Wednesday, in Detroit this year.
Radke (11-8), who lasted only three innings two starts ago because of stiffness in his damaged right shoulder, turned in his second straight impressive start, albeit his eight-inning start last time came against woeful Kansas City.
Radke, who improved to 7-1 in his past eight decisions, allowed just two runs on seven hits and won for the first time in three tries at Detroit this year. Radke, who has said he'll retire after this season, has pitched for more than two years with a labrum tear, which has worsened this year with the addition of natural wear and tear.
"It's one of the best things that's ever happened to me. I just don't want to have to do it again. I want to stay and not go anywhere," said Garza. He starts Friday against Toronto.
Liriano, who's in his first full season in the big leagues, angered manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson for not being more honest about the pain in his elbow before taking the mound Monday in Detroit. "I should have told them, you know, that I can't pitch," said Liriano. "It's not all right to go out and pitch when I'm hurting. It's my fault, because I didn't tell them."