This caught me by surprise. We all knew that Tyson Ross would be the Opening Day starter, but in the past former manager Bud Black would drag out the story line until no one cared. New manager and media darling Andy Green knew that he had to prove he's a decision maker early and to keep favor with the media. Or perhaps he heard feedback from the pitchers during his home visits that they wanted to know where they stood. At the same time Green announced Shields and Cashner were his two and three starters in the rotation.
San Diego Padres (@Padres) February 19, 2016
Andy Green doesn't mess around. The Padres manager announces Tyson Ross will start opening day. Will be followed by Shields and Cashner.— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) February 19, 2016
I'm holding out hope that he'll announced the lineup and batting order by this afternoon. He can wait to announce the September call ups until next week.