White Sox DH Yermin Mercedes steps away from baseball

Chicago White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes said he is stepping away from baseball in an Instagram post Wednesday night.

Mercedes, 28, is currently with Triple-A Charlotte after being demoted on July 2.

His post, which was written in Spanish, was accompanied by an image of the words “it’s over” in white on a black background.

“I want to apologize to all those who I inadvertently offended as a consequence of my immaturity like members of the radio, television, and press,” Mercedes wrote. “To all the team’s members where I was involved with, I’m sorry for failing as a human being and for not accepting some of their decisions. I’m stepping aside from baseball indefinitely.”

The White Sox released a statement shortly afterwards.

“The White Sox are aware of tonight’s Instagram post by Yermin Mercedes, who is currently on the active roster of our Class AAA team in Charlotte, NC,” the team wrote. “At this point in time, the White Sox have not received any official notification from Yermin concerning his future plans.”

Mercedes, playing primarily at designated hitter, was the American League Rookie of the Month for April when he hit .415 with five home runs in 22 games. He cooled off after April, hitting .196 with a .264 on-base percentage and two home runs in 46 games.

He hit .298 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 15 games with Charlotte.

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