Mercedes has been reassigned to Triple-A Charlotte, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Mercedes, all 5-foot-11 and 235 pounds of him, was a darling of spring training. Known for his big swing and exuberance, Mercedes hit .381 and launched four home runs. He was hoping to land a roster spot as the 26th man, but the White Sox are expected to go with someone more versatile when they break camp.
Mercedes homered in his lone at-bat of Monday's spring game against the Reds.
The home run was the second in two days and fourth of spring training for Mercedes, who is making a bid to become the 26th man. He could serve as a third catcher and potent bat as a pinch hitter. Mercedes, who has no major-league experience, is batting .381 with a 1.410 OPS this spring.
Mercedes went 1-for-2 with a grand slam home in Friday's spring game against Cleveland.
Mercedes has made an early splash in the Cactus League, going 4-for-9 with a pair of home runs. Friday's homer was a 400-foot-plus shot to go along with an even longer blast against the Dodgers on Monday. He still has a ways to go defensively, but the White Sox added him to the 40-man roster during the offseason and are clearly intrigued by his bat. The stockily built catcher has 83 home runs across 617 career minor league games.
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