Forgive anyone associated with the Detroit Tigers if they swallowed a little harder upon watching pitcher Justin Verlander depart Friday's 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays with arm trouble.
The pitcher has had well-documented issues recently with regard to health, so there were no doubt anxious moments as Verlander was being examined. At first blush, however, it turns out everything should be fine.
During the game, Verlander experienced a cramp in his right triceps. He'll be re-evaluated, and is not expected to miss his next start. Prior to the cramp, Verlander had been pitching well despite allowing a home run.
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"It doesn't seem like anything serious," (Verlander) said. "Talking to the trainers, it's not near my shoulder. It's not near my elbow. It feels like a cramp."
He doesn't think he is injured, he said.
"I kind of sensed what it was," he said. Usually you get a pretty good feel for your body and if it's an injury or if it's something else. I didn't feel injured. I was able to throw."