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White Sox’s Yermín Mercedes back with Triple-A team shortly after saying he was leaving baseball

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Chicago White Sox rookie designated hitter Yermin Mercedes has returned to the team’s Triple-A affiliate, only a day after suggesting on his Instagram account that he was taking a go away from the game. 

According to James Fegan of The Athletic, Mercedes is just not solely with the Charlotte Knights forward of their sport on Thursday in opposition to the Durham Bulls, however he ‘s additionally in uniform and on the energetic roster. Mercedes had posted a picture saying “it’s over” on Wednesday night time, accompanied by an apologetic caption. That submit is now deleted.

Mercedes took to Instagram once more on Thursday, saying he’s “never going to give up.”

Mercedes was one of many largest tales of the early weeks of the 2021 season. The 28-year-old batted .415/.455/.659 by means of the tip of April with 5 house runs and 34 hits in 22 video games. Fifteen of these hits got here in his first six video games of the season. He additionally grew to become the primary participant in fashionable MLB historical past to start his profession with eight straight hits. As a consequence, Mercedes was named the AL Rookie of the Month for April.

However, Mercedes’ decline started quickly thereafter. In May, he batted .221/.292/.326 with two house runs in 28 video games, and supervisor Tony La Russa touched off controversy after he criticized Mercedes for homering on a 3-0 pitch from a place participant pitching in a blowout. In June, Mercedes’ slash line dipped to .159/.221/.190 in 18 video games. In early July, the White Sox demoted him to Triple-A Charlotte. 

He had been producing at a excessive stage since being despatched down, however Mercedes does not have an apparent path back to the majors at the moment. No doubt, that contributed to his seeming frustration. Right now, Gavin Sheets and Jake Burger are sharing time at DH, and the eventual returns of injured outfielders Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert might result in a roster crunch. 

The White Sox initially acquired Mercedes from the Baltimore Orioles through the minor-league part of the 2017 Rule 5 draft. In his meandering journey to MLB, Mercedes spent components of 9 seasons within the minors, together with two stints in unaffiliated impartial ball. If that is certainly the tip for Mercedes, then he concludes his MLB profession with a line of .270/.327/.402 with seven house runs and 65 hits in 69 video games with the White Sox. 

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