"I'm glad he's doing it now," manager Eric Wedge said.
Fausto Carmona and Victor Martinez, on the other hand, have appealed their respective six-game and three-game suspensions. It remains possible, however, that Carmona will drop his appeal after he makes his final start of the season Wednesday night, and Martinez might do the same.
"We'll see how it plays out with Fausto and Victor," Wedge said. "We'd like to have a little separation between Victor and Cabrera. We don't want [the suspensions] overlapping too much."
If Carmona drops his appeal, he could serve the first four games of the suspension in what remains of the '08 season and the final two games at the outset of 2009.
Cabrera and Carmona both declined to comment on their suspensions. Martinez didn't appear overly concerned with his.
"There's nothing you can do about their decisions," he said. "You've got to respect their decision and move forward."
One guy not moving forward is the Tigers' Gary Sheffield, who instigated the fracas when he charged Carmona from first base shortly after getting plunked by a pitch. Sheffield has made it a point to tell reporters he will seek retribution from Martinez and Cabrera, who attacked him from behind as Carmona put him in a headlock and pounded him in the noggin.
"They're going to be penalized by me, too," Sheffield said of the suspended Indians.
Martinez brushed off Sheffield's talk.
"I don't care, man," Martinez said. "I'm not worried about him. I just want to play baseball. I don't care what he has to say."
The Indians still hadn't heard when MLB will hear the appeals of Carmona and Martinez.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.