While they were teammates with the D-backs in 2012, Miguel Montero and Trevor Bauer had their on-field issues, ultimately rooted in communication problems.
Montero said he harbors no hard feelings now toward Bauer and wishes him the best -- at least after Arizona faces Bauer and the Indians in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader in Cleveland. The clubs will be playing a twin bill after heavy rain postponed Tuesday's opener.
"For some reason, I feel like he just felt like everybody was against him. That wasn't the point, we were on his team, we wanted him to be good for our team," Montero said. "He felt probably like I wasn't calling the right game for him, which probably was the case because I'm not always pointing the right fingers, but that's when the communication comes into play."
Bauer was 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in his only season with Arizona before being traded to the Indians in December 2012. He will be trying to bounce back from a rough outing his last time out against the Yankees.
Bauer got off to a rough start, with a 44-pitch, five-run first inning before exiting after just 3 1/3 frames.
"Last outing omitted, he's been really throwing strikes at a pretty good clip," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's come a long way and he's actually been one of our better strike-throwers for the last couple months. Last outing wasn't his best outing, but he's been a pretty good strike-thrower for us with a number of pitches."
Opposing Bauer will be Vidal Nuno, who is 0-3 with a 4.05 ERA since joining the D-backs in a trade from the Yankees last month.
Nuno has not pitched poorly, with three quality starts in six games, but he was flat in his last start, in which he allowed five runs in four innings on Thursday against the Royals.
"If he doesn't keep the ball down, he's not going to be effective, just like every other pitcher who does that as well," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
In the second game, Josh Tomlin will take the hill for the Indians. The right-hander, who was recently sent to the bullpen, is 5-8 with a 4.68 ERA this season. Tomlin will be opposed by left-hander Andrew Chafin, who will be making his big league debut after getting called up from Triple-A Reno last week. Chafin was 4-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 14 starts for Reno.
D-backs: Trumbo heating up as health improves
Mark Trumbo is finally feeling healthy again after missing much of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot.
It shows in his performance at the plate. During August, the slugger is hitting .343 (12-for-35) with one home run and nine RBIs and has reached base in 10 consecutive games. He struggled during his initial return from the DL, hitting .167 with no homers and four RBIs from July 11-31.
"This is the most consistent I've been hitting pitches that I can handle," Trumbo said. "Physically, probably feeling as close as I've been to healthy, too."
Indians: The kids are all right
With veterans Michael Bourn (left hamstring), David Murphy (right oblique) and Nick Swisher (right knee) sidelined with injuries, the Indians are giving youngsters such as Zach Walters and Tyler Holt a chance to cut their teeth at the big league level. Cleveland does not believe using young players means the club can't stay in the hunt for a postseason spot.
"We put a lineup up and we expect to win," Francona said. "I just think that's the mentality. You don't really assess what you're missing. You're trying to figure out what you have and how to make that be good enough to win. That's really what it's about."
• Bourn is currently taking part in a Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, but Francona noted on Tuesday that the sidelined center fielder might be ready to rejoin the Indians during the upcoming weekend series against the Orioles.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.