Mercedes isn't starting Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Mercedes had recorded hits in each of the last five games and went 7-for-21 with a triple, a double, five RBI and three runs during that time. Jose Abreu will serve as the designated hitter while Jake Lamb starts at first base.
Mercedes went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, three RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 9-3 win over Kansas City.
Mercedes did all of his damage early in Sunday's game. He tripled in a run in the second inning and then brought home two runs with a third-inning double. The 28-year-old breakout star continues to dominate opposing pitching with a .373/.407/.598 slash line and 12 extra-base hits.
Mercedes is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.
As expected, Mercedes will remain on the bench for the second straight game in Cincinnati with the designated hitter not being available. Mercedes should make his return to the lineup Friday in Kansas City.
Mercedes is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.
The White Sox won't have the designated hitter available for their two-game series in Cincinnati, so expect Mercedes to remain on the bench both Tuesday and Wednesday. He'll likely rejoin the starting nine Friday, when the White Sox open a three-game series in Kansas City.
White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Mercedes wasn't scratched from the lineup Sunday against Cleveland for any reason related to injury, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
The skipper noted that Mercedes reported late to the ballpark Sunday, but La Russa said the 28-year-old's late arrival wasn't the reason why he was held out of the lineup. Instead, La Russa suggested it was a close call whether to use Mercedes or Jake Lamb as the team's designated hitter Sunday, and the manager ultimately chose to go with Lamb. After Sunday, the White Sox will play a two-game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday and Wednesday, and with no designated hitter available in the National League park, Mercedes is expected to sit out both contests. With that in mind, fantasy managers are probably best off leaving Mercedes on the bench for Chicago's upcoming five-game week.
Mercedes was scratched from the starting lineup ahead of Sunday's game against Cleveland for an unspecified reason.
The White Sox initially announced Mercedes as their starting designated hitter and No. 5 hitter for the series finale, but he'll instead get the day off while Jake Lamb replaces him in the lineup. Expect the team to provide more information regarding why Mercedes was removed from the lineup later Sunday, but it's possible he may just be getting a maintenance day. Mercedes had started in 14 of the White Sox's last 15 games.
Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a solo shot in Thursday's win over Tigers in the second leg of the doubleheader.
The 28-year-old rookie sensation hit a 449-foot home run off Alex Lange in the fifth inning. Mercedes' amazing rookie campaign continues, as he's hit safely in five straight games and is slashing .423/.464/.729 for the season.
Mercedes isn't starting Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Mercedes had recorded hits in each of the last four games, but he'll get a breather for Thursday's matinee. Jose Abreu will serve as the designated hitter while Jake Lamb starts at first base.
Mercedes went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Friday's 9-7 win over the Rangers.
Mercedes drove in two runs with a third-inning single and a later plated another with a double in the seventh. The breakout star is up to 15 RBI and nine extra-base hits with a 1.161 OPS through 67 plate appearances this season.
Mercedes (foot) is batting seventh as the designated hitter Friday against the Rangers.
The 28-year-old exited Tuesday's matchup with Cleveland after fouling a ball off his left foot, but he won't end up missing any time due to Wednesday's postponement and Thursday's scheduled off day. Mercedes is enjoying a breakout start to the season with a .390/.429/.661 slash line, four homers, four doubles, 12 RBI and seven runs through 16 games.
Mercedes left Tuesday's game against Cleveland after fouling a ball off his left foot, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being replaced in the field during the fifth inning after fouling a ball off his foot earlier in the contest. Mercedes could take a seat for Wednesday's series finale to provide two full days of rest with a scheduled off day Thursday.
Mercedes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against Boston. He went 0-for-3 in the first game.
Mercedes belted his team-high fourth home run during a three-run fourth inning, and the White Sox's pitching made sure that was enough. He hasn't stopped hitting since that 5-for-5 on Opening Day. Mercedes has hit safely in all but two of his 12 starts and carries a 1.173 OPS into Monday's series finale, the traditional Patriots' Day game that starts at 11:00 AM.
Mercedes went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's win over Cleveland.
Mercedes contributed to a six-run first inning for the White Sox with a three-run blast to left field off Cleveland starter Zach Plesac. The homer was the third of the season for Mercedes and pushed his RBI total to 10. The 28-year-old has been one of baseball's most pleasant surprises thus far in 2021, generating an incredible .500/.548/.816 slash line through 42 plate appearances.
Mercedes is not in Tuesday's lineup against Cleveland.
Mercedes has reached base in every game he has played in this season and is just getting a routine day off. Jake Lamb draws the start at designated hitter and will bat seventh.
Mercedes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the 6-0 win Thursday over the Royals.
Mercedes keeps stealing the show in his astonishing and unexpected start to the season. After resting Wednesday, the rookie slammed a 485 foot home run in the first inning off Brad Keller. While Mercedes won't be able to keep up this hitting pace (15-for-27) all season, it is quite the start for a player who wasn't expected to get everyday at-bats.
Mercedes isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Seattle.
Mercedes recorded hits in each of his first five games of the season and went 13-for-23 with four extra-base hits, four runs, six RBI and three strikeouts during that time. However, Zack Collins will take his place as the designated hitter Wednesday, batting fifth.
Mercedes went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Monday's 6-0 win over the Mariners.
The Cinderella start continued for Mercedes, who penned his name into MLB and White Sox history books once again. Among several esoteric benchmarks, his 12 hits are the most by any player in the modern era over his first four career starts. This entirely unexpected hot streak has resulted in Mercedes getting more plate appearances than planned over the first week of the season. He's now seemingly locked him in as the team's top DH, for now at least.
Mercedes went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and one run in Saturday's loss to the Angels.
After going 5-for-5 in his first big-league start Friday, Mercedes knocked three straight hits to begin Saturday's game, including his first homer as a major leaguer. With that, Mercedes became the first player since 1900 to begin a season with eight consecutive hits, per Elias Sports Bureau. It's an incredible story, but Mercedes is a 28-year-old journeyman and the lack of positional eligibility in many fantasy leagues hurts his case as a top waiver priority.
Mercedes started as the designated hitter and went 5-for-5 with a double and four RBI in Friday's 12-8 win over the Angels.
Mercedes was the top story coming out of Friday's game. The 28-year-old, who made his first Opening Day roster, had one at-bat in the majors prior to a breakout performance in his inaugural MLB start Friday. He's on the roster as a third catcher and part-time DH, but he may gain a larger profile after becoming the first player since 1933 to have five hits in his first MLB start.
Mercedes will be on the White Sox's Opening Day roster, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
The White Sox will carry three nominal catchers to begin the season, though Mercedes' defense is poor enough that he's unlikely to be anything more than a designated hitter. Starts could be available at that spot if the team goes forward with its somewhat unexpected plan of having Andrew Vaughn fill in for the injured Eloy Jimenez (pectoral) in left field, but with fellow bat-first backstop Zack Collins and leading DH candidate Jake Lamb in the fold, at-bats could be hard to come by for Mercedes.
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