Valverde declares himself 'OK' after wrist sprain

Valverde declares himself 'OK' after wrist sprain

ARLINGTON -- Jose Valverde pronounced himself ready to go as needed Monday afternoon as he sat in the visiting clubhouse at The Ballpark in Arlington. With that, the Tigers' bullpen was back at full strength.

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.