New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks with a right wrist strain suffered with the US World Baseball Classic team, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.
Teixeira was hurt Tuesday during batting practice with the American squad ahead of an exhibition game against Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox before the US team's Thursday opener in the global event.
Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals will replace Teixeira on the US roster.
Teixeira, who turns 33 next month, will miss the entire first month of the major league season and perhaps into mid-May for a Yankees squad already reeling from injuries.
Kevin Youkilis, a possible replacement at first base, is already being pressed into duty at third base for the 27-time World Series champions to fill in for Alex Rodriguez, who is recovering from surgery on his left hip.
Outfielder Curtis Granderson will also miss at least all of April with a broken arm while starting pitcher Phil Hughes has a back injury.
Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter and closing relief pitcher Mariano Rivera have arrived at training camp coming off of injuries that ended their 2012 seasons early.
Jeter suffered a broken left ankle in the playoffs while Panama right-hander Rivera is back at age 43 after right knee surgery last year and Yankee starting pitcher CC Sabathia is coming off left elbow surgery.