Royals’ Eric Hosmer to replace Teixeira on U.S. World Baseball Classic roster

With Mark Teixeira out of the World Baseball Classic, Team USA has now called on Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer to take his spot.

“It’s a great opportunity. Any chance you get to represent your country, you’re obviously going to jump at the opportunity, so I’m very excited,” Hosmer said.

According to the Associated Press, late Tuesday night Tony Clark of the players union sent a text asking Hosmer if he was interested in joining the team. Before he accepted the spot, Hosmer got approval from the Royals and received a phone call from U.S. manager Joe Torre.

“I don’t know what the situation is or what my role is going to be, but I’m going to get over there today and find out,” Hosmer said in a statement posted at the Kansas City Royals’ official site. “I’m excited to get started.”

In nine spring training games, the 23-year-old Hosmer has a betting average of .391 with eight RBIs and one home run.

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