"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.
• 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."