Yermin Mercedes back in uniform for White Sox's AAA team after hinting at retirement

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By , 670 The Score

(670 The Score) About 18 hours after announcing that he was stepping away from baseball "for a while" and could be headed for retirement, White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes appears to have had a change of heart.

Mercedes remains on the team’s Triple-A roster and is in uniform for the Charlotte Knights for their game at Durham on Thursday evening, the White Sox announced.

On Wednesday night, Mercedes posted to Instagram that “it’s over” and that he was leaving the game for an indefinite time. Earlier Wednesday, Mercedes had posted the message "El Retiro" with the thinking face emoji to Instagram as well.

The White Sox optioned Mercedes to Triple-A Charlotte in early July after prolonged struggles at the big league level. That rut from Mercedes came after a scorching hot start, as he hit .415 with a 1.113 OPS in April, when he was named the American League Rookie of the Month. He mostly filled the designated hitter role for the team.

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After the White Sox's loss to the Twins on Wednesday, Chicago manager Tony La Russa suggested Mercedes may have been frustrated by getting demoted but didn't have further details about his situation.

Mercedes has been playing well at Triple-A, hitting .298 with a .997 OPS in 15 games. For the White Sox this season, Mercedes hit .270 with seven homers, 37 RBIs and a .729 OPS.

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