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09/15/11 8:41 PM ET

Tomlin working toward late September return

ARLINGTON -- Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, on the disabled list since Aug. 25 with right elbow soreness, threw a bullpen session of 25 pitches on Thursday.

His next step will be to throw another bullpen on Saturday or Sunday, and then, if everything continues to go well, Tomlin will throw a simulated game when the Indians get back home next week for a homestand against Seattle, Chicago and Minnesota.

"Then he's in the mix after that," Indians manager Manny Acta said.

If all goes well, Tomlin will pitch in one of the games in the doubleheader against the Twins on Sept. 24.

"Everything I told you has to go smoothly," Acta said.

Duncan all smiles after highlight-reel game

ARLINGTON -- All left fielder Shelley Duncan could do after Wednesday night's three spectacular catches in a row was smile about it in pregame interviews Thursday.

Duncan said that it was weird to have three balls hit to the same spot with almost the same degree of difficulty. The first two in the bottom of the first took hits away from Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and left fielder Josh Hamilton. The third one to start the bottom of the second was off the bat of designated hitter Michael Young.

All of them were caught right in front of the out-of-town scoreboard in straightaway left field, the last two of which caused Duncan to crash against the wall. Duncan said it's something that hasn't happened to him often.

"Hardly ever," Duncan said. "There have been a lot of games lately where I haven't had a ball hit to me."

Duncan said the best catch came against Hamilton, a towering shot that looked for sure like it would hit off the wall. Hamilton hit a grand slam later in the game in the fourth inning almost in the same spot.

"I hit the wall pretty hard on that one," Duncan said. "That was the most fun one."

Asdrubal, Fukudome rest in Texas finale

ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, hitless in eight at-bats in this series against the Rangers, was given the day off Thursday. Extending back to the Indians' two games against the White Sox, Cabrera is hitless in his last 16 at-bats.

"It's just a day off for Asdrubal," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "It has nothing to do with the way he's hitting."

Kosuke Fukudome, who has played in 44 consecutive games, because of team injuries, since being acquired from the Cubs, also had the day off.

"He deserved one since he has played every single game since he came over," Acta said.

Acta did acknowledge that Cabrera has been showing some signs of fatigue. He is 2-for-19 with a double and a run scored on the current road trip.

"He's scuffling a little bit," Acta said. "It's appropriate that he gets a day off here and there."

Worth noting

• Indians manager Manny Acta said starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco's Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, performed by Dr. Mike Altchek in New York, was successful. "But we won't know until he throws a pitch," Acta said.

• Acta said outfielder Ezequiel Carrera will play winter ball. Carrera, who is batting .242 with 22 runs scored playing mostly center field, needs to continue to improve in areas like bunting and playing center field, Acta said.

• Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall extended his hitting streak to seven games Wednesday with his seventh home run of the season.

Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.