Cabrera was activated off the DL on July 21 after missing 18 games due to a sore knee.
Thursday night, Cabrera picked up Erick Aybar's single and lost control of the ball while attempting to throw it back to the cutoff man, allowing Mark Trumbo to score the Angels' sixth run in their eventual 8-2 win.
The ball comically popped into the air and landed behind Cabrera, who left the game in the fourth inning with what the club called irritation in his left knee.
Cabrera went 0-for-1 on Thursday and is batting .279.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.