PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Ike Davis may not have been asked to replace injured first baseman Mark Teixeira on Team USA's World Baseball Classic roster, but he at least generated interest from the powers that be.
David Wright recently texted Davis to say that Team USA manager Joe Torre asked about him, not long after Teixeira dropped out of the tournament Tuesday with a wrist injury. Torre later chose Eric Hosmer of the Royals as his replacement, despite Davis' interest in playing internationally for the third time in his career.
"Of course," Davis said when asked if he would participate. "I'd get to play for Team USA again. That would be awesome."
Davis last played for Team USA during the IBAF World Cup in 2009.
A few days before reporting to Mets Spring Training, Davis placed his name on a list of potential reserves in case an American player suffered an injury -- which is precisely what happened when Teixeira strained his right wrist taking batting practice Tuesday. But plenty of other talented American first basemen were also available, including Hosmer, Prince Fielder of the Tigers, Paul Konerko of the White Sox and Adam LaRoche of the Nationals.
"I don't expect a call," Davis said before Team USA officially added Hosmer to its roster. "I expect a call if they want me to play, that's about it. They've obviously got tons of options at first base. I'm just glad they even thought about me."
Despite a brutal two-month slump to start last season, Davis finished with a career-high 32 home runs -- more than Fielder or Konerko, and twice as many as Hosmer -- and 90 RBIs.