PORT ST. LUCIE — Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen and the team apologized after he used a racial slur in describing the translator for New York pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
"I apologize for the thoughtless remarks that I made in the clubhouse," Warthen said in statement released by the team. "They were a poor attempt at humor but were wrong and inappropriate in any setting. I am very sorry."
Warthen, 61, approached translator Jeff Cutler, a Japanese-American, on Monday and apologized for jokingly calling him a "Chinaman."
Warthen's conversation with Cutler occurred in front of Wall Street Journal reporter Stu Woo, who is Chinese-American. Woo spoke with translator Cutler on Tuesday and asked the Mets to respond, and team spokesman Jay Horwitz said Woo should meet with Warthen and Horwitz on Wednesday. Horwitz told reporter Woo on Wednesday that pitching coach Warthen would not comment.
The Mets released apologies from Warthen and general manager Sandy Alderson shortly after the Journal posted its story Wednesday.
On Thursday, Matsuzaka said through Cutler: "Everyone makes mistakes, and Dan's already commented on it. I don't want to dig deeper or try to add to it."
Matsuzaka indicated he did not have any problem continuing to work with Warthen, who pitched in the majors from 1975-78 and has been the Mets' pitching coach since 2008.
braves: Injuries are prompting manager Fredi Gonzalez to prepare to use a four-man rotation to start the season. The club won't need a fifth starter until April 12. Gonzalez hopes that newly signed Ervin Santana would be ready by then.
brewers: Yovani Gallardo will start his fifth consecutive season opener, March 31 against Atlanta. He will set a team record for starts in consecutive openers and pull within one of team's overall mark for openers set by Ben Sheets.
cardinals: Lance Lynn rebounded from a bad outing to strike out his final eight batters and 10 overall in four innings in a victory over the Braves. Lynn is the first St. Louis pitcher to strike out 10 or more in spring training in the past 20 years.
dodgers: Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena reported, nearly three weeks after agreeing to a $25 million, five-year contract. Arruebarrena said he has not played since December and was anxious to begin batting practice and fielding drills. He thinks he can be in the major leagues this year.
indians: Jason Giambi will be sidelined three to four weeks with a broken rib in his right side. He was hit by a pitch from the Cubs' Edwin Jackson on March 7, and has felt increased discomfort. An MRI exam revealed the fracture.
mariners: Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to six games, with two hits and two RBIs in a victory over the Diamondbacks. He is 14-for-23 with six RBIs in nine spring games.
marlins: Jacob Turner allowed one run in four innings to help his chances of earning a spot in the starting rotation in a victory over the Tigers.
red sox: Shane Victorino, appearing in just his second spring game due to nagging injuries, had an RBI single, a bunt single and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth in a victory over the Twins.