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Justin Verlander leaves game with cramp, expected to make next start

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander left Friday’s spring training game following a visit from the team’s trainer in the third inning.
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander left Friday’s spring training game with a cramp in his right triceps muscle. The team announced their veteran pitcher will be reevaluated on Saturday.

The Tigers don't expect Verlander to miss his next scheduled start, according to Chris Lott of

In the third inning of Friday's game against Toronto, Verlander injured himself covering first base on a ground ball. After a mound-visit from manager Brad Ausmus and the team trainer, he left the game.

Tom Gage of Fox Sports reports Verlander did not appear to be injured.

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Verlander, 32, had a 6.08 ERA with eight strikeouts in 13.1 innings during four spring training starts before Friday.

Last season, Verlander finished 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA and 159 strikeouts. He is a six-time All-Star and won the MVP and Cy Young awards during the 2011 season.

He has six seasons and $162 million remaining on his contract.

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