Cabrera was a late scratch from Detroit's starting lineup Wednesday night against Baltimore with what the team called a sore left side.
The Tigers announced Cabrera's absence about a half-hour before the scheduled first pitch against the Orioles. A team spokesman said Cabrera was expected to undergo further testing.
Cabrera is hitting only .248 on the season with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.