• Maddon watched Jorge Soler take batting practice on the field Friday for the first time, and he thought the outfielder was still favoring his sprained left ankle. Soler has been on the disabled list since June 3.
"He's getting close [to a rehab assignment]," Maddon said. "From what I saw, he's still a couple days away before we actually do something. I was encouraged."
• Sabermetricians created the Wins Above Replacement stat (WAR) as a way to summarize a player's total contributions to the team. Could managers someday be judged on WAR?
"I think they actually could, but I don't know what would go into the equation," Maddon said. "There's a lot of things managers do behind the scenes, and you can't quantify it."