"I didn't see it happening for 'Hammer' today, and that's cool, because he didn't throw that many pitches, so he'll be well-rested for his next start," Maddon said. "It also illustrates Rob Z. and what he can do for us in the future."
The rookie left-hander replaced Hammel and retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced in an impressive outing that will give Maddon something to think about as the Cubs' season progresses into October. Right now, Maddon has to deal with Hammel.
"I want them to be able to [vent]," Maddon said. "I think it's healthy. I have a reason why I did it. I'm not going to hide behind anything. There was a reason to do it today.
"There's a great line -- honesty without compassion equals cruelty. So at some point, you have to understand your audience, too."
Hammel would not talk about his meeting with Maddon.
"That's information for me and him, and that's it," Hammel said.
During the game, Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully described Hammel as a ground-ball pitcher who couldn't get a ground-ball out.
"I guess so," Hammel said. "The home run to [Corey] Seager and [Andrew] Toles' double really were the only things I remember balls getting hit hard. Other than that, I felt that their hits found the holes. It is what it is. The guys fought hard and [Zastryzny] did a [heck] of a job coming out of the 'pen and picking up a lot of innings for us. It [stinks]."
Hammel was trying to get back on track after a rough outing against the Rockies in which he'd given up 10 runs over 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander had won six straight starts from July 16-Aug. 16 before the Rockies game.
But it must have been hard for Hammel to understand why he wasn't allowed to work out of a jam and go deeper.
"Of course, he didn't like what I told him, but I had to tell him, and that's cool," Maddon said. "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence or any other issues."
Hammel's next start will be Thursday against the Giants at Wrigley Field. He will be well-rested.
"I didn't even pitch today in my mind," Hammel said. "I barely threw 40 pitches. This is a side day for me, pretty much."