"I felt all right, my hand is not 100 percent, but it's enough that I can compete," Valencia said.
Any discomfort that may persist pales in comparison to what he endured during a series against the Blue Jays in late May that preceded his trip to the disabled list.
"Last time I was hurt earlier in Toronto, I just couldn't do it," Valencia said.
With right-hander Zack Greinke on the mound, the right-handed-hitting Valencia did not start Monday against the Dodgers. Mike Moustakas, a left-handed batter, played third.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.