Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he expects Verlander to follow David Price in the rotation and pitch the second game of the season.
Acquired from Cincinnati after going 15-10 last season, Simon gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two.
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Cabrera was playing in his sixth game of the spring while recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle.
Verlander believes not drinking enough water before the game and a further arm extension from his revised mechanics may have contributed to the cramping.
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Price struggled, allowing eight hits and two runs in 4.1 innings, while also walking a batter, striking out seven and stranding seven baserunners.
Both are expected to be designated hitters in Sunday’s split-squad games with Martinez going to Kissimmee to face the Atlanta Braves and Cabrera staying at home against the Washington Nationals.
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