PHOENIX -- Nick Evans grew up in the Valley as a Arizona Diamondbacks fan, attended the first game in franchise history in 1998 and was in the house for a 2001 World Series game.
He now knows the view from the field after replacing Paul Goldschmidt in the eighth inning of Arizona's 12-6 rout of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, his Diamondbacks debut.
Evans, who went to St. Mary's High, the school the produced Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier, had his contract purchased from Triple-A Reno earlier Wednesday. It was more than special.
"To say it is a dream come true would be kind of an understatement for me," Evans said. "I don't think there is any kid who grew up in Arizona as a Diamondbacks fan that it wasn't their dream to play for this team."
Evans, 28, more than earned his promotion. He had a .335/.393/.641 slash line with the Aces, compiling 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 44 games. He was tied for first in the Pacific Coast League in RBIs, was third in on-base-plus-slugging percentage and slugging percentage and tied for third in total bases. He was the PCL player of the week two weeks ago, when he had seven extra-base hits and 15 RBIs as the Aces went 5-2.
A fifth-round draft choice of the New York Mets in 2004, Evans spent parts of four seasons with the Mets in 2008-11, a seemingly orderly procession until a hiccup left Evans wondering if he would ever be back in the major leagues, let alone play for his hometown team.
Evans suffered a serious wrist injury that cost him most of the 2012 season while in the Pittsburgh organization. He broke three bones in his left wrist when his glove caught on the ground as he dived to catch a bunt in late April, and he played in only two rehab games the rest of the season.
Evans was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers with about a week left in spring training in 2013 before signing a minor league deal with the D-backs through a connection with former Mets teammate Andy Green, who was managing Arizona's Double-A Mobile affiliate.
"Absolutely," Evans said when asked if he had concerns about his career at the tender age of 26. "It was tough on me. When you miss a whole year, you don't know what is going to happen. To get back here really is special for me. It was a long recovery, but it's definitely been worth it. To finally do it after a few years, it is really satisfying."
Evans played both corner infield and outfield spots at Reno, and he likely will be used as a right-handed bat off the bench to complement left-handed-hitting Eric Chavez in the immediate future.
"I'm ready to do whatever," he said.