Tigers PR confirmed the roster move on social media. Veteran catcher and corner infielder John Hicks was recalled from the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens to fill the void on the 25-man roster.
"Did it on the dive," Ausmus said. "The ball went in between he and [Ian] Kinsler that drove in a couple runs off of [Robbie] Grossman's bat. That's when he felt it. He got back to the dugout after the [sixth] inning and let the trainers know."
Cabrera owns a .268/.369/.464 triple-slash line with three home runs through 16 games this season. He's a career .320 hitter with at least 25 homers in 12 of the past 13 years.
Alex Avila should draw a majority of the starts at first base in the makeshift Tigers lineup, which is also missing shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder J.D. Martinez. Hicks and JaCoby Jones could also see some spot starts around the infield.
A timetable for Cabrera's return to action wasn't immediately provided.