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BASEBALL

Teixeira out 8-10 weeks with wrist injury

– Mark Teixeira will to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees.

New York general manager Brian Cashman gave the news Wednesday after the Yankees’ were beat 8-2 by the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team on Wednesday.

“It’s a tough loss,” Cashman said.

Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. WBC team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out eight to 10 days, but he was examined by Yankees doctors in New York on Wednesday and a prognosis of eight to 10 weeks was given.

Cashman said Teixeira will rest for four weeks before beginning rehabilitation. Teixeira will remain in New York, and not rejoin the team in Florida, to start his recovery program.

Cashman does not seem inclined to move Kevin Youkilis from third to first. Youkilis was signed in December to fill in for third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will be out until at least the All-Star break after left hip surgery in January.

“Third base is very difficult,” Cashman said. “First is always easier to fill than third.”

It’s the second major injury for the Yankees during spring training this year. Outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch Feb. 24. He will also be sidelined until early May.

Meanwhile, Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer will replace Teixeira on the United States team for the World Baseball Classic.

Hosmer received a text message late Tuesday from Tony Clark of the players union, asking if he’d be interested in a spot on the roster. After getting a call from U.S. manager Joe Torre and receiving the blessing of the Royals, Hosmer quickly agreed to join the Americans.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Hosmer said Wednesday.

“Any chance you get to represent your country, you’re going to jump at the opportunity. So I’m very excited.”

The Americans open Pool D play against Mexico on Friday night in Phoenix.

World Classic

Alfredo Despaigne hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping Cuba defeat two-time defending champion Japan 6-3 to finish first in Group A of the World Baseball Classic in Fukuoka, Japan.

Despaigne’s home run off reliever Takeru Imamura allowed Cuba to set up a second-round showdown with Group B runner-up the Netherlands on Friday.

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