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The White Sox say Yermin Mercedes is in uniform for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday night.
Mercedes wrote on his Instagram on Wednesday that he would be stepping away from baseball, but he's apparently had a change of heart. He is hitting well in Triple-A and could be back in the majors at some point this season.
White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes has announced his retirement from professional baseball.
In an Instagram post, Mercedes wrote that he is "walking away from baseball for a while ... it's over." The energetic slugger burst onto the scene as a standout earlier this season, slashing .415/.455/.659 with five homers and 16 RBI in the month of April. Things went downhill after that, though. He hit just two homers in May, then slashed .159/.221/.190 with no homers in the month of June. On July 2nd, he was sent to Triple-A Charlotte, where he went 17-for-57 with four home runs. The 28-year-old retires with an AL Player of the Month award under his belt from this past April.
The White Sox optioned DH Yermin Mercedes to Triple-A Charlotte.
Mercedes is hitting .271 with a .732 OPS for the year, but nearly all of that production came in April. He's been struggling mightily as of late, so this move makes a lot of sense. Fantasy managers who were still rostering Mercedes can feel free to drop him.
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Yermin Mercedes went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored in a win over Seattle in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.
Mercedes belted a two-run double in the first inning to put the White Sox on the scoreboard. He tacked on an RBI single to drive in three runs altogether during Sunday’s Game 2 win. The Yerminator went 3-for-8 with three RBI in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. Mercedes is slashing .273/.326/.408 with seven home runs, 38 RBI, and 24 runs scored across 25 plate appearances in 2021.
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Yermin Mercedes didn’t play in Friday’s 9-3 loss to the Mariners.
Mercedes was out of the starting lineup for a third consecutive game. After starting the season on fire, the 28-year-old is hitting .050 (1-for-20) with nine strikeouts over his last six games. Fantasy managers outside deep-league formats can drop Mercedes until he turns things around. The Yerminator is slashing .270/.324/.404 with seven home runs, 34 RBI, and 22 runs scored across 250 plate appearances in 2021.