Ike Davis was considered for Team USA, Eric Hosmer selected instead

Ike Davis 2 polaroidIke Davis was being considered by Team USA as a substitute on their roster for Mark Teixiera, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Teixeira withdrew from the injury yesterday due to a forearm injury.

However, Royals 1B Eric Hosmer will replace Teixeira, according to MLB.com.

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Team USA wanted a left-handed bat with a low strikeout rate, and thought Hosmer was the best fit.

In addition, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com says it was easier to select Hosmer over Davis because he was already in Arizona at Spring Training with the Royals.

Michael Baron, Contributor

11:13 am: It  would have been pretty cool if Davis was chosen. He would’ve gone a long way towards replacing Teixeira’s glove, and he would also give them some much needed power from the left side. Both Davis’ and Hosmer’s on-base percentages and walk rates were similar last year, and Ike was more productive overall than Hosmer. But in terms of the strikeout rates, Ike struck out a lot more than Hosmer did in 2012 – if that was a key factor in the decision making process, it’s unfortunate, but Hosmer would logically fit their criteria better than Ike from that standpoint.