Now, instead of playing in the Minors, Cabrera will slot into the Rays' lineup Tuesday against former Tampa Bay pitcher and Tigers ace David Price.
In a corresponding move, the Rays optioned infielder Jake Elmore -- who has played five different positions since being recalled on May 25 -- to Triple-A Durham.
"He was up here when [James] Loney got hurt, and the way the injuries and everything else played out, he stayed with us for quite some time," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He did a nice job filling in and his versatility helped out a ton."
In 51 games this season, Elmore batted .206 (29-for-141) with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
"I'm still living a really blessed life, no matter if it's Triple-A or here, I'm getting to do what I love for a living," Elmore said. "Obviously the pay is better here, but it's still a good living in Triple-A, and it's not where you want to be or where you set your sights, but I feel really fortunate.
"Obviously the news hurts, but I feel confident I'll be back."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.