DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Eddie Bonine is expected to be fine after he left Sunday's win in the ninth inning. Bonine said he suffered a cramp underneath his rib cage on his next-to-last pitch to Lou Marson leading off the ninth inning.
Bonine tried throwing one more pitch and found himself catching his breath. That's when head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and manager Jim Leyland went to the mound.
"I threw a pitch and it kind of knotted up on me," Bonine said. "I've never cramped up underneath my rib before, so I don't really know what that was. I just cramped up and I just needed to take a big breath, and I was fine. I tried to catch my breath and they came out."
Tests conducted after he left the mound showed nothing worse. Bonine will likely rest for a day or two, but that would've been expected anyway after throwing three-plus innings and 49 pitches of relief.
Bonine's relief prevented what could have been a procession of relievers once Justin Verlander left with nobody out in the sixth. Bonine gave up a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta upon arrival and a solo homer to Shin-Soo Choo, but then recorded five straight groundouts.
Phil Coke replaced Bonine with a full count and gave up a single to Marson, but got a lunging catch by Brandon Inge on Asdrubal Cabrera's sharp liner before induced an inning-ending double play from Michael Brantley.