"It's unfortunate that I can't pitch in the All-Star Game, but I get to pitch for my guys on Sunday against a division opponent," Ross said of his final start of the first half against the Dodgers. "That's a big game for us.
"I'm here to pitch for my guys. That's my No. 1 priority: I'm a Padre. These [regular-season games] are the only ones that matter. I'm here for the other 24 guys in this locker room."
Ross will still attend the game in Minneapolis to take part in all of the events before and during All-Star week. Technically, the decision not to pitch was his, though these decisions are not typically debated all that long.
"That's a tough one for all managers, pitching coaches and clubs … as you're trying to win games," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I think all of us know the integrity of the schedule. His day falls on Sunday. It's tough to switch things around."
Black said he was hopeful that relievers Huston Street and/or Joaquin Benoit would get a look when it comes time to name replacements to the National League roster.
"If you're asking me, I think those guys [Street and Benoit] are very deserving," Black said. "I hope that Huston and Joaquin get strong consideration."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.