PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Dan Warthen and the Mets have apologized after the team's pitching coach used a racial slur in describing the translator for New York pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Warthen approached translator Jeff Cutler, a Japanese-American, on Monday and apologized for jokingly calling him a "Chinaman" the previous day, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Warthen's conversation with Cutler occurred in front of Journal reporter Stu Woo, who is Chinese-American. Woo spoke with Cutler on Tuesday and asked the Mets to respond, and Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Woo should meet with Warthen and Horwitz on Wednesday. Horwitz told Woo on Wednesday that Warthen would not comment.
The Mets released apologies from Warthen and general manager Sandy Alderson shortly after the Journal posted its story Wednesday.