Chicago White Sox option Yermín Mercedes, call up Jake Burger – Chicago Tribune


DETROIT — In need of infield help, the Chicago White Sox called up Jake Burger from Triple-A Charlotte, one of four roster moves announced Friday.

The Sox also reinstated right fielder Adam Eaton from the 10-day injured list and optioned designated hitter Yermín Mercedes and reliever Zack Burdi to Charlotte.

Burger, 25, is in the lineup for the team’s series opener Friday against the Tigers in Detroit (6:10 p.m., NBCSCH), playing third base and batting eighth. Starting third baseman Yoán Moncada suffered a bruised right hand in Thursday’s win against the Minnesota Twins and likely will miss the weekend series.

Burger is slashing .322/.368/.596 with 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 36 RBIs and 29 runs in 42 games with Charlotte this season. Earlier this week, he was named to the American League team for the All-Star Futures Game, which is July 11 at Colorado’s Coors Field.

Burger, who was taken with the No. 11 pick in the 2017 draft, has battled a variety of injuries. He missed all of 2018 because of a ruptured left Achilles tendon suffered in spring training, then missed all of 2019 because of a bruised left heel.

With the minor-league season canceled because of the pandemic, Burger spent some time in 2020 playing in a local league in Missouri before joining the Sox alternate site in Schaumburg.

Earlier this week, Burger said the last three years have “definitely given me confidence.”

“It changed me as a person, it matured me,” Burger said Wednesday during a conference call. “It also changed me as a player. Having that confidence every single day has led to this success.”

Eaton was retroactively placed on the injured list June 15 with a strained right hamstring. He is

batting .195 with seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, 27 RBIs and 30 runs in 54 games.

Mercedes is slashing .271/.328/.404 with seven home runs, 37 RBIs and 26 runs in 68 games this season. He made a splash out of the gate, becoming the first player since at least 1900 to begin the season with eight consecutive hits, and was named the AL Rookie of the Month for April. But he has cooled off the last two months.

Burdi has a 5.00 ERA and six strikeouts in six relief appearances with the Sox in 2021.