Pitching coach Dan Warthen apologized for a racial slur and received support from Daisuke Matsuzaka and his interpreter, Jeff Cutler.
Warthen approached Cutler in the clubhouse and apologized to Cutler, saying: “I’m sorry I called you a Chinaman yesterday.’’
Warthen said the statement was a joke, and Cutler said he was not offended. However, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, a Chinese American from San Francisco heard the apology, and was put off by it, although not hearing the context of the original comment.
Warthen and GM Sandy Alderson apologized on behalf of the club.
Neither Matsuzaka nor Cutler vilified Warthen.
“Today I was just preparing for my game, so I just spoke to him about today’s lineup and what was going on during the game,’’ Matsuzaka said through Cutler. “… I think everyone makes mistakes, and Dan has already commented on it. I don’t want to dig deeper into it or try to add to what it is.’’
Said Cutler: “Dan has already commented on it. And Sandy has talked about it. I don’t really have anything else to add to it.’’
* Matsuzaka started in the 7-5 victory over Washington and gave up one earned run and three hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked none to increase his grip as the projected fifth starter.
* Noah Syndergaard gave up three runs in 3.2 innings. He struck out five and acknowledged he would be sent to the minor leagues to start the season.
* Manager Terry Collins used Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom in relief. They will additional looks this spring, but neither is expected to make the Opening Day roster in the pen.
* Ruben Tejada committed his third error in six exhibition games, and after going 0-for-3, is 1-for-15.
* Ike Davis (calf injuries) and Lucas Duda (left hamstring) took batting practice and grounders. Neither ran, but Collins is hoping they can be used this weekend in DH roles.