GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will replace Mark Teixeira on the Team USA roster for the World Baseball Classic.
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was mentioned Tuesday by Team USA manager Joe Torre as a potential replacement for the injured Teixeira, and Sox manager Robin Ventura gave the possibility his blessing. Hosmer bats left, making him a favorable option for the right-handed heavy USA squad.
Teixeira was forced out of the WBC after sustaining a wrist injury while hitting off a tee Tuesday before the team's exhibition game against the Sox. Konerko had three hits, a run scored and an RBI in the game, which ended in a 4-4 tie.