Pitching coach Dan Warthen and the Mets apologized after Warthen used a ethnic slur in describing the translator for pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.
‘‘I apologize for the thoughtless remarks that I made yesterday in the clubhouse,’’ Warthen said in statement released by the team Wednesday. ‘‘They were a poor attempt at humor but were wrong and inappropriate in any setting. I am very sorry.’’
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. The Mets released apologies from Warthen and general manager Sandy Alderson shortly after the Journal posted its story Wednesday.
Matsuzaka, who allowed one run and three hits in 3⅔ innings Thursday in the Mets’ 7-5 exhibition victory over the Nationals in Viera, Fla., did not appear to have any malice against Warthen.
‘‘Everyone makes mistakes, and Dan’s already commented on it,’’ Matzusaka said through Cutler. ‘‘I don’t expect our relationship to change going forward.”
Alderson declined to say whether Warthen would face punishment.
Benching not disciplinary
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be back in the Phillies’ starting lineup on Friday following a mysterious three-game benching. Rollins sat out Philadelphia’s 6-2 exhibition win over a Yankees split squad in Clearwater, Fla., Thursday but he will play in the team’s next game.
Manager Ryne Sandberg and Rollins spoke before Thursday’s game and Sandberg said sitting Rollins was not a disciplinary decision. Sandberg wants to give Freddy Galvis at-bats and ration the playing time of Rollins and second baseman Chase Utley.
Sandberg also spoke with Rollins about comments the player made in the Philadelphia Daily News earlier in the week. In a story about the Phillies’ struggling offense this spring training, Rollins was quoted as telling the paper, ‘‘Who cares? . . . When the season starts, that’s when results matter.’’
‘‘Jimmy cares,’’ Sandberg said Thursday. ‘‘I wanted to make sure that he wasn’t speaking for the ballclub.”
Giambi has broken rib
I ndians veteran Jason Giambi will be sidelined 3-4 weeks with a broken rib on his right side. Giambi, 43, was hit by a pitch March 7 . . . Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena reported to the Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz., nearly three weeks after agreeing to a $25 million, five-year contract.