Valdes, who reported three days late because of complications with his work visa, arrived at the Roger Dean Stadium complex on Wednesday morning. He threw a bullpen session on his first day in camp, meaning he missed only one throw relative to his teammates.
That shouldn't be much of an issue anyway, since Valdes had a busy winter. He pitched quite a bit in the Dominican Winter League and even in the Caribbean Series, so he is much closer to regular-season shape than many others in Cardinals camp.
Valdes is likely to be assigned to Triple-A Memphis, but if things go well, he could conceivably compete for a spot in the Cardinals' Major League bullpen.