Padres' Ross headed to first All-Star Game
Right-hander chosen by manager Matheny to join NL squad in Minnesota
SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross had no idea why manager Bud Black hailed him into his office Sunday morning, though he was a little curious when he saw pitching coach Darren Balsey seated there waiting for him as well.
"I thought I did something wrong," Ross said.
"We're watching him grow before our eyes," Black said recently. "It's great to see a developing pitcher. He's starting to come of age."
It's certainly a far cry from where Ross was in the winter of 2012 when he was traded from the A's for two Minor Leaguers. In San Diego, though, he flourished due, in no short part, to the work of Black and Balsley.
"How fitting, the two guys who really helped transform my career," Ross said. "I owe it all to those guys."
Ross, who is 11th in the NL in ERA (2.93), is coming off his first career shutout, a three-hitter against the Reds on July 2.
Ross makes his next start Tuesday in Colorado and then is scheduled to start the final game of the second half Sunday against the Dodgers, which might make it unlikely he pitches in the All-Star Game. He can still attend the game and will be recognized as an All-Star.
But as of Sunday afternoon, still basking in the glow of the news, Ross was planning on heading to Minneapolis. His head was still spinning and he didn't expect that to stop anytime soon.
"It's something I still can't wrap my head around," Ross said. "It's been an incredible journey for me. Getting traded to San Diego is probably the best thing to ever happen to me. It's been a fresh start."
TYSON ROSS, SP
Prior ASGs: None
ASG W-L: N/A
ASG Stats: N/A
How he made 2014 NL team: Manager selection
Why He's an All-Star: Ross ranks 11th in the NL in ERA (2.93), seventh in strikeouts (111), ninth in opponent's batting average (.228) and sixth in innings (116 2/3) and has been a rock for the Padres' rotation this season.
DYK?: All the Padres needed to do to get Ross from the A's in the winter of 2012 was send pitcher Andrew Werner and infielder Andy Parrino to Oakland. Those two have a combined minus 1.4 WAR in the big leagues since that deal was made. Ross is already at 0.7 WAR this season.
Quotable: "It's not a comfortable at-bat when he's pitching," said former Padres catcher Nick Hundley.
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