2013 World Baseball Classic: Eric Hosmer to replace Mark Teixeira

Rob Tringali

Royals first baseman will replace Mark Teixeira on Team USA's roster.

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was forced to bow out of the World Baseball Classic after sustaining a wrist injury yesterday. Team USA didn't wait long to announce the slugger's replacement, as Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is set to join the roster, according to Dave Skretta of The Associated Press.

Teixeira suffered a strained right wrist while hitting off a batting tee on Tuesday as Team USA was preparing for its exhibition contest against the Chicago White Sox.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports believed Team USA would do well adding a left-handed-hitting first baseman to replace Teixeira, a role that Hosmer fits.

The former top prospect struggled in his second season with the Royals, hitting .232/.304/.359 with 22 doubles and 14 home runs over 598 plate appearances in 2012.

Still, he remains a highly-regarded young player, and he's been tearing the cover off the ball this spring (.400/.478/.750).

Prior to this morning's news, David Brown of Yahoo! Sports offered several other replacement candidates for Team USA, including Paul Konerko, Ryan Howard, Allen Craig, Adam LaRoche, Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Ike Davis, Mitch Moreland, Brandon Belt, and Chris Davis.

The United States begins first-round WBC play on Friday, as they will take on Mexico.

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