Toronto will be without its left fielder for the rest of the season after he broke his right pinkie during a 9-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox in 10 innings Friday night. The team said Cabrera will have surgery next week.
"Sometimes that's how life is," Cabrera said. "I wanted to finish strong and help the team get to the playoffs."
He appeared to hurt the finger when he dove back to first base in the third inning in a failed attempt to avoid being picked off by Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. Cabrera stood up and shook his right hand.
"I thought it might be broke, but I wanted to stay in the game," he said. "When I took a swing the next at-bat, the pain was too much and I had to come out."
Cabrera remained in the game until he led off the sixth. After fouling a pitch off himself, he was checked by training staff and left the game for X-rays. Anthony Gose pinch hit for him.
Cabrera got a single in his only official at-bat and scored a run. Now his season is done, with a .301 batting average, 19 homers and 73 RBIs.
"I have great teammates and a good club. This is the club that gave me the opportunity when I got in trouble," said Cabrera, suspended 50 games with the San Francisco Giants in August 2012 after testing positive for testosterone. "I want to stay."
With Cabrera out for the season, Toronto likely will use Gose or Colby Rasmus in his outfield spot.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.