Retirement appears to be on hold. Chicago White Sox slugger Yermín Mercedes is in uniform for Triple-A affiliate Charlotte's game tonight against Durham.
Mercedes posted a cryptic Instagram story that intimated he was pondering retirement, followed up by a post that said he was stepping away from baseball.
The White Sox released a statement last night saying he "is currently on the active roster" and that the club had "not received any official notification from Yermín on his future plans."
Manager Tony La Russa told media on Wednesday night he would reach out to Mercedes to “see what’s going on.”
La Russa also speculated that Mercedes was simply frustrated with his situation, being called up to the White Sox and getting off to a hot start in his rookie season before being demoted to Triple-A earlier in July.
“You’re in Triple-A and you had a taste of the big leagues, and you can get emotional,” La Russa said.
La Russa added: “It’s an adjustment.. And you gotta figure out a way to tough it out.
“He’s a talented guy. He earned a spot on the roster, and then he earned all those at-bats.”
La Russa also said Mercedes could return to the big league club if he worked on his swing.