Kris Medlen looked like he had some help picking off a runner last night


There’s a lot to catcher defense we don’t necessarily see. Framing is hard to see sometimes and we didn’t know until recent years how much of an impact it has. We’ve long heard about game-calling but, as a game is happening, that sometimes becomes invisible to the casual viewer. Controlling the running game via cannon-like throws to second base is obvious, but there are other ways a catcher can control the running game too that aren’t as obvious.

Take Salvador Perez‘s work last night against the Astros. Kris Medlen already has a great move to first base but, unless I’m totally imagining things, he got a major assist from Perez who made a subtle hand motion for a throw over which ended up picking off George Springer at first base.

The announcers talked about it possibly being just a gesture to go through the signs again, but usually that’s a lot more deliberate. This looked like something else. I can’t find anyone talking about it after the game, but it sure seemed like teamwork in action.

Even if not, nice pickoff.

Yankees clear 3 roster spots, could activate Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle on Friday

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Tommy Kahnle appear set to rejoin the New York Yankees ahead of their series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots, saying that infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero had been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook after a 1-0 loss at Seattle.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton potentially returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.