Baseball Notes: Warthen, Mets sorry for slur

Posted: March 15, 2014

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.

The Mets released apologies from Warthen and general manager Sandy Alderson shortly after the Journal posted its story Wednesday.

Giambi has broken rib

Cleveland's Jason Giambi will be sidelined for about three to four weeks with a broken rib in his right side.

Giambi was hit by a pitch thrown by Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs in the third inning of a March 7 game. Cleveland said Thursday the 43-year-old Giambi had felt increased discomfort over the previous five days and went for an MRI that revealed the fracture.

Arruebarrena reports

Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has reported to the Los Angeles Dodgers, nearly three weeks after agreeing to a $25 million, five-year contract.

The shortstop said he arrived in Arizona on Wednesday night from Miami, where he had been for a few days after leaving Haiti, where he had lived since defecting from Cuba in November. He needed to acquire a work visa before he could join the Dodgers.

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