Eric Hosmer has replaced Mark Teixeira as the everyday first baseman for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic.
USA Baseball confirmed the news Wednesday morning. Team USA has one more exhibition game, Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, before opening tournament play Friday against Team Mexico.
Team USA wanted a left-handed batter who does not strike out often, and Hosmer fits that description. He is having an outstanding spring with the Kansas City Royals -- which matters in a short tournament such as this.
Teixeira was removed from the roster after straining his right wrist Tuesday.