Cabrera had missed the past two games due to a sore right wrist. Manager Manny Acta had said Sunday he expected Cabrera back in Detroit and he received positive news from the trainers on Monday morning, prompting him to put Cabrera back at short and batting third.
"He's fine," Acta said. "We wanted to give him those two days because it was recommended by the medical staff, so he wouldn't make it any worse. But this is what we expected, and he's ready to go."
The 26-year-old entered the game batting .270 on the season with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs. However, since the All-Star break, he is batting .242 with only 11 RBIs and three long balls.
Coming into the Labor Day contest, Cabrera was mired in a 2-for-31 slump, but he'll hope to break out of that in the Motor City as he's batting .280 this season with 14 hits and six RBIs against the Tigers -- his second most-hits and RBIs this year against any team.