Padres to start rotation from top out of break

Padres to start rotation from top out of break

ARLINGTON -- The Padres will start their pitching rotation from the top after the All-Star break and try to keep the routine as normal as possible, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said Sunday.

James Shields (7-3, 4.01 ERA) will start Friday to open a three-game series against Colorado. Then the team will send out Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Odrisamer Despaigne.

"It's a new beginning," Murphy said. "An opportunity to get everybody recuperated and come back. … It's a little disruption of their work, their rhythm, but more for Cashner, Kennedy and Despy than Shields."

Shields started Saturday, and Ross got the start for Padres' first-half finale against the Rangers on Sunday.

Worth noting

• Murphy said outfielder Wil Myers' recovery from left wrist tendinitis is on schedule and that Myers will begin baseball activities soon.

• Don't be surprised if the Padres give catcher Derek Norris more days of rest in the second half, especially with catcher Tim Federowicz on track to join the club after a Minor League rehab assignment. Norris started 72 games at catcher in the first half.

"He's never played this much, he's never hit this much right-handed pitching," Murphy said. "He's a big piece of the future, and we want to make sure that he's developing into a guy that can play full-time, but we also believe we've taxed him a bit. We have to be really smart if we're going to get production from him."

Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.