White Sox place Tim Anderson on the injured list; recall Yermín Mercedes from the Schaumburg training facility

August 1st, 2020

KANSAS CITY – Prior to tonight’s game at Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Yermín Mercedes from the Schaumburg training facility.

      Mercedes, 27, hit four home runs with nine RBI before spring training was suspended in March. The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Mercedes hit .317 (106-334) with 19 doubles, 23 homers and 80 RBI in 95 games with Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte last season. He ranked among the organizational leaders in slugging percentage (2nd, .581), average (3rd), homers (3rd), RBI (3rd) and on-base percentage (3rd, .388). Mercedes made 55 starts at catcher and threw out 43.5 percent (27-62) of attempted basestealers.

      A native of La Romana, Dominican Republic, Mercedes has no major-league experience and will wear uniform No. 49.

      Mercedes was acquired by the White Sox from Baltimore in the minor-league phase of the 2017 Rule 5 Draft. He is a career .302 (643-2,128) hitter with 130 doubles, 83 home runs, 390 RBI and a .491 slugging percentage in 617 games over eight minor-league seasons in the Washington (2011-13), Baltimore (2015-17) and White Sox (2018-current) organizations. Mercedes originally was signed by the Nationals as a free agent on March 3, 2011.

      Anderson, 27, has appeared in all seven of the White Sox games this season, going 10-30 (.333) with four doubles, one home run and one RBI. He led the major leagues with a .335 average in 2019, joining Luke Appling (.388 in 1936) as the only players in White Sox history to accomplish the feat.