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Chicago White Sox demote struggling Yermin Mercedes to Triple-A

Jun 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Chicago White Sox pinch hitter Yermin Mercedes (73) reacts after hitting a single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago White Sox pinch hitter Yermin Mercedes (73) reacts after hitting a single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox sent struggling slugger Yermin Mercedes down to Triple-A Charlotte on Friday.

The 28-year-old designated hitter was the American League Rookie of the Month in April with a .415 average, five homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games.

Mercedes slumped to a .221 average with two homers in 28 games in May, and batted just .159 with no home runs in 18 games during a June swoon.

The White Sox made three other moves before Friday night’s series opener against the Tigers in Detroit.

Chicago recalled infielder Jake Burger from Charlotte, reinstated outfielder Adam Eaton from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-hander Zack Burdi to Charlotte.

Burger, 25, has yet to make his major league debut. A first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2017 draft, he batted .322 with 15 doubles, 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 42 games at Triple-A this season.

Eaton, 32, landed on the IL on June 17 with a strained right hamstring. He is hitting .195 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 54 games with the White Sox this season.

Burdi, 26, has posted a 5.00 ERA in six relief appearances, striking out six batters and walking four in nine innings.

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–Field Level Media