Cabrera missed the final six contests of Cleveland's road swing while in Venezuela following the death of his grandfather. The Tribe went 4-2 in his absence. To clear space on the roster for the 26-year-old, the Indians optioned left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus.
"I think it's good for us that we won without one of our best players," manager Manny Acta said.
Jason Donald filled in for Cabrera in all six games and had five hits, including game-tying and game-winning RBI singles in Cleveland's 9-8 comeback win against the Mariners on Tuesday.
"He has done a nice job," Acta said. "He's contributed on both ends. He was responsible for driving in the winning run in that big comeback in Seattle [on Tuesday], and he's made some nice plays. It's good that he's got some extended playing and consistent at-bats for him."
In eight games this season, Cabrera is hitting .282 with two home runs and three RBIs. Last year, on his way to hitting .273 with a career-high 25 homers and 92 RBIs, he became the first Indians shortstop to start the Midsummer Classic since Lou Boudreau in 1948.
Hagadone pitched in three games for the Indians, allowing one run on two hits while recording four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. He has made four scoreless relief appearances for Columbus this season.
The Indians open a six-game homestand on Tuesday, starting with three contests against the Royals, who Cleveland swept in Kansas City on April 13-15.