The last time Vidal Nuno took a big league mound, he was in Yankees pinstripes. On Tuesday night, he'll have the chance to make his first impression with the D-backs.
Traded on Sunday for right-hander Brandon McCarthy, Nuno will make his Arizona debut against the Marlins.
The left-hander was 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA for the Yankees this season, striking out 60 in 78 innings but allowing 15 home runs. He's eager to prove himself in a new league with a new team.
"Now I have another opportunity," Nuno said. "And what I want to do is just work hard and just try and do what I have to do to keep on grinding and finish the season strong."
After a rocky, three-inning, eight-run performance at Oakland on June 15, Nuno had pitched better of late for New York, posting a 3.71 ERA in his last three starts.
"I was just trying to find my [release point]," Nuno said. "The last two starts I found it, and I proceeded on."
Nuno will pitch against Marlins southpaw Brad Hand, who is making his second start since coming off the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain. He has a 6.21 ERA in 29 innings this year -- 14 relief appearances and three starts.
In the brief time Nuno has been with the D-backs, he's already made a positive impression.
"Talked to him, asked him about his pitches," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Told him to get with his catchers. He's a good kid, good attitude. Talking to him, he's pretty excited about being here."
Added Nuno: "It's a thrill. Just trying to introduce myself to everybody."
Marlins: Hand on deck for Tuesday
Hand is coming off a solid five-inning, three-run performance Thursday, but he's looking to pitch deeper this time around.
"I felt pretty good," said Hand, who took a no-decision against the Phillies. "First inning, I ran into a little bit of trouble. I had some deep counts, threw a lot of pitches. But other than that, I felt it was all right. Just got to get through the sixth next time with no runs."
Hand had pitched mainly out of the bullpen this year before his DL stint, but he said he hasn't been bothered by the transition to the starting rotation.
"I've always been a starter," Hand said. "I've been a starter all the way up through the Minor Leagues, so I think it's easy going this way rather than going to starter to bullpen.
"In my rehab starts, I was starting down there. So I had five or six starts where I got into the sixth, seventh. So I've been stretched out, been in those innings before, so that's not an issue."
D-backs: Arroyo to have Tommy John surgery
The D-backs learned Monday that they'll be without right-hander Bronson Arroyo for some time.
Arroyo will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Before landing on the disabled list June 16, he had never missed a start in his 15-year big league career.
Arroyo said he believe he injured the UCL on May 13 against the Nationals. He made six starts after that, using pain medication to get through. He tried to rest his arm for a few weeks to avoid the surgery, but he couldn't get his arm back to where it needed to be.
"I fired it up the last three days and I could throw 120 feet and I could probably go out there and pitch, but it just won't come back fast enough," Arroyo said. "So I'd have to pitch every 10 days and take nine days to get it healthy. It just wasn't going to work."
• Injured D-backs outfielder Mark Trumbo has moved from the rookie Arizona League to Triple-A Reno as he continues his rehabilitation from a stress fracture in his left foot. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Trumbo could return to the active roster right after the All-Star break.
• The Marlins acquired Double-A right-hander Matt Ramsey from the Rays on Monday. In return, the Marlins traded three international bonus slots to the Rays.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.