BALTIMORE -- Fausto Carmona did not like being placed on the disabled list, but the Indians starter feels rested, recovered and ready to rejoin the rotation after a bout with a strained right quadriceps.
Carmona logged three innings during a simulated game Thursday at Camden Yards before testing his leg in a series of sprint and agility drills in the outfield. Barring a setback, Carmona is expected to be activated from the 15-day DL on Monday for a road start against the Twins.
"I'm not anticipating any issues," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "I think he's ready to start on Monday."
Carmona injured his right leg during a hard fall while running out a bunt in the third inning of an Interleague game against the Reds on July 2. Earlier in the game, Carmona had the webbing between the index and middle fingers on his right hand cut by a grounder off the bat of Homer Bailey.
Neither injury presented a problem during Thursday's workout.
Carmona worked through 50 pitches, throwing 20 in his first simulated inning followed by 15 in each of the next two frames. Cleveland hitters Lonnie Chisenhall, Luis Valbuena, Ezequiel Carrera and Shelley Duncan each stepped in to face the big right-hander.
In the outfield after his pitching session, Carmona simulated fielding places, running in all directions after going through his delivery motion. Carmona, who is 4-10 with a 5.78 ERA in 18 starts this season for the Tribe, said that the running drills were more important for testing his leg strength.
"It's OK," Carmona said. "I threw on the mound like normal in a game. After that, I did some running. I feel good. I'm ready to go. Throwing on the mound, I felt very good. I was throwing strikes. My leg is strong."
The Indians have a day-night doubleheader Monday against the Twins at Target Field. It is not immediately clear which game Carmona will start. Acta indicated that Cleveland will announce Monday's second starter on Sunday night. The top candidates appear to be lefty David Huff and righty Zach McAllister, from Triple-A Columbus.
For now, the Indians are more concerned with Carmona's health.
"He looked good," Acta said. "He had no issues. He threw the ball very good and he's all set to go. He did some running and all that and, probably in the next day or so, we're going to have him do some agility work around the mound just to make sure everything checks out OK."