Mets apologize for pitching coach’s use of racial slur

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Pitching coach Dan Warthen and the Mets apologized after Warthen used a racial 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.

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