Eric Hosmer replaces Mark Teixeira on Team USA
In the wake of the injury to Mark Teixeira, Eric Hosmer of the Royals has accepted an invitation to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
As CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reported, a forearm injury has forced Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira off the World Baseball Classic roster. Now, Team USA has tabbed his replacement: It's Eric Hosmer of the Royals, reports the AP's Dave Skretta. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms the news.
From Skretta, the details on the hard sell and the subsequent acceptance:
Hosmer got text last night from union asking if he wanted to play in WBC. Then got call from Joe Torre and said yes on the spot— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) March 6, 2013
The 23-year-old Hosmer is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .232/.304/.359 with 14 homers. Still, he remains a highly regarded young player because of his scouting profile, his impressive rookie campaign (118 OPS+ as a 21-year-old in 2011) and his outstanding numbers coming up through the minors. Hosmer is a strong bounce-back candidate in 2013, and Team USA is obviously hoping that bounce-back begins sooner rather than later.
The United States begins main-tournament play on Friday against Mexico.
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