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White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes’ shocking decision to walk away from baseball didn’t last very long

Yermin Mercedes, White Sox

Chicago White Sox slugger Yermin Mercedes shockingly announced Wednesday that he would be stepping away from baseball for a while. However, his departure from baseball didn’t last very long, as he has returned to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights and is in uniform for their game on Thursday night, according to James Fegan of The Athletic.

Mercedes was one of the best stories of the early part of the MLB season, bursting onto the scene as a 28-year-old who only had one career plate appearance before this season. However, he was reprimanded by White Sox manager Tony La Russa for swinging and hitting a home run on a 3-0 pitch in a blowout, which caused a whole ruckus in the locker room. Mercedes’ struggles at the plate then resulted in him getting sent down to Triple-A as MLB pitching started to figure him out.

It seems clear that Mercedes is going through some stuff right now, but it’s good to see that he’s back with the Triple-A club. Let’s hope he can figure things out, because he’s truly awesome to watch when he’s hot at the plate. It would be cool to see him get called back up for the playoff push.

The White Sox are currently 58-38 and dominating the AL Central. Chicago is 58-38 on the season, which is tied for the best record in the American League.