"You'll probably see Ronny pitch a lot in the ninth inning, but I don't want to put any other burden on his mind."
Maddon has also been pleased with Justin Grimm, who has a 1.64 ERA in 14 games since the All-Star break and has not given up a run in 6 2/3 innings over eight games this month. Maddon said one of the things he looks for is a "middle-inning closer" type, and Grimm could fill that role.
• Kyle Schwarber has not caught since Aug. 6, making seven starts in left field. Maddon had considered having Schwarber catch Friday when Kyle Hendricks started against the White Sox but opted for David Ross.
"I'm looking at him, and watching him play left field and just putting more and more on his plate, I didn't want to do it," Maddon said of the rookie. "I do want to get him back there when we're going to need him. ... I'm not as motivated or concerned about it as I would've been, plus David is doing a great job back there and [Miguel] Montero is back. The fact [Schwarber] can play [left] really opens all that up."
Maddon was pleased with how the rookie handled having a bottle thrown at him Saturday.
"It looks like he's done it before somehow -- tough crowds at Indiana University," Maddon joked about Schwarber's college days. "I liked the way he handled the whole moment."