Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is joining the United States team for the World Baseball Classic as a replacement for injured Mark Teixeira.

Hosmer learned of the invitation Wednesday and departed the Royals’ camp to join the USA team, which is based in Scottsdale.

Teixeira suffered a strained right wrist Tuesday while taking swings in the batting cages at Camelback Ranch in Glendale prior to an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox,

The USA opens WBC pool play Friday with a game against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix.