Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was determined to return to the field as fast as possible. Cabrera made good on that goal on Wednesday, when he was activated from the 15-day disabled list by Cleveland.

To clear room on the roster, the Indians designated veteran infielder John McDonald for assignment.

Cabrera suffered a strained right quad while running out a ground ball on June 3 at Yankee Stadium and the shortstop expected to be sidelined for four or five weeks. Instead, Cabrera is returning in just over three weeks after successfully navigating his way through a rehab program.

Prior to Monday's game in Baltimore, the Indians put Cabrera through an intense workout at Camden Yards to test the strength and endurance in the shortstop's legs. The two-time All-Star impressed manager Terry Francona and the Indians medical staff, which cleared him to return for Wednesday's game against the Orioles.

The Indians put Cabrera in the lineup's second spot as their shortstop.

Cabrera, who has battled the quad issue since at least late April, has hit .254 with five home runs, 18 doubles, two triples, 25 RBIs and 28 runs scored through 53 games this season. He hit .295 in the 24 games leading up to the setback on June 3 in New York.