"More of a matchup issue," the skipper said.
Third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from the lineup about an hour before first pitch because of a right index finger contusion. In his place, Cabrera moved over to third, and Victor Martinez played first.
Davis, who batted second, entered the game with eight hits in 20 at-bats against Quintana. This is the first time Cabrera's been out of the third spot in an American League park.
A reporter suggested to Cabrera that the lineup change might lead to more baserunners when he comes to the plate.
"Yes, please!" he said.
Cabrera committed an error during Chicago's seven-run seventh inning as the White Sox ran away with an 11-4 victory.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.