White Sox designated hitter Yermín Mercedes recently suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, the club announced. He’ll undergo surgery next week and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.
Mercedes, owner of just one MLB plate appearance heading into last season, emerged as an April sensation in 2021. He hit .415/.455/.659 in the season’s first month, offense that translated to a 204 wRC+ that trailed only those of Mike Trout, J.D. Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. among qualified hitters. The rookie was never going to keep up anything like that kind of production, but few would’ve predicted the struggles he’d have.
From May 1 onwards, Mercedes posted only a .196/.264/.272 line, hitting just a pair of home runs in 174 plate appearances. The Sox optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte at the start of July. Mercedes’ production with the Knights was fine, as he hit .275/.318/.464 in 59 games. Yet he drew more attention for an Instagram post in which he said he was stepping away from baseball, only to reverse course and return to the club a day later.
After that incident, Mercedes played out the rest of the year in Charlotte. He didn’t get another big league look, but he has maintained his spot on the White Sox’s 40-man roster. The 29-year-old is entering his final minor league option year, meaning the Sox can shuttle him back and forth between Chicago and Charlotte this season as needed.
He’ll first need to recover from a procedure that’s seemingly in line to cost him around two months. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Sox place him on the 60-day injured list in the event that a 40-man roster spot is needed to accommodate some other move.
That’s it, Sox season is over.
Tony Larussa smiles
Is that idiot still the manager? As a Cardinals fan I am sincerely sorry you have to deal with him. I figured he would have wrapped his car around a tree in another drunk driving incident by now.
On behalf of White Sox fans, they dont need your sympathies when they were AL Central Champions and the Cards had to settle with a Wild Card spot.
No, one was AL Central Champs, which was a MAJOR step-up for the White Sox. Moving on….
Why? We probably won’t see much of him anyway, and if we have to call him up, that means that we are in trouble. LOL Question is, did he hit the wall or something? Get hit by a pitch? How did this happen?
@ChitownSox2022 So both teams made playoffs and lost to their first opponent. Got it. Thanks for further clarifying. It’s not every year the Cardinals make the playoffs so I needed that explanation.
They idiot manager won you your last World Series
Lol not really. Screaming “do you see this ring?” at cops is Tony making it a far bigger deal than it would’ve been.
I’m not defending TLR’s DUIs, but claiming that he screamed “do you see this ring?” at the cops is a misrepresentation of the facts. Google the arrest video and watch it first.
Tony needs to lay off the bourbon and go to AA
Ghez, how? At any rate, get back soon.
Yermin will always have that one month of April. No one can ever take that from him. Beyond that he is AAAA filler at this point
He qualified for the MLBPA pension plan as well.
Go look at his minor league stats, he is a really good hitter and if stays mentally in the game is a dangerous hitter.
Even a bigger reason to sign Conforto.
Time to start dumpster diving, Rick!
The All car team , before Yermin https://discover.hubpages.com/sports/An-All-Car-Baseball-Team
Lest we forget newly acquired Jay farmhand should he make MLB ..Adrian Pinto
Honorable mention to Rich Aude
Dumpster Divin Theo
Beep beep beep beep yeah!
I picked him up early in Fantasy Baseball.
He hammered Willians Astudillo for a bomb with a 3-0 count and LaRussa hammered him. Poor kid. His confidence was gone after that.
No one cares.
Article doesn’t say when/how it happened. I was at the ST game against the Giants yeaterday, and he left in the middle of an at bat. After trainer and manager talked to him at home plate, a pinch hitter came in to finish the AB. I figured he must have gotten HBP, but the PH didn’t go to 1st base and the box score never showed that. Maybe you can just break the hamate on a big swing.
Definitely broke it Kung Fu Fighting. (One hit wonder joke)
WHITE SOX will be trading Craig Kimbrel within the next 5-7 days says my source. Terms & players involved in deal are being worked on. Report are a mid to upper level player from each team will be swapped with White Sox taking on 30% of remaining contract of Kimbrel.
Book It Dano
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So we’re giving up Kimbrell and a mid to upper level player plus 30 % for just a mid to upper level player? Is that what your saying?
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Would the Dodgers give up Bellinger who’s paid $16 M for Kimbrell He’s been hurt and struggling big time. He does have another year on his deal seems they would want more than Kimbrell what are your thoughts?
So how did Mercedes break his hand?!