Valverde hasn't pitched in more than a week. He was preparing to pitch last Tuesday night against the Cardinals when he sprained his wrist on a warmup pitch in the bullpen and had to stop throwing.
Valverde said he threw an eight-minute bullpen session Sunday and felt fine.
"I'm OK for today," Valverde said Monday afternoon. "It's a little sore, but I'll be OK."
Valverde was available and warming up in the eighth inning of Monday's 8-2 win, but manager Jim Leyland decided to hold him out once he went to Joaquin Benoit, preferring to keep Valverde fresh for Tuesday.