Noah Syndergaard, the recently acquired pitcher for the New York Mets, has apologized for using an anti-gay slur on Twitter.

The 20-year-old Syndergaard on December 9 tweeted: “@Dmarze89 nice crocs fag lol.”

The message has since been deleted.

“I had a little mishap on Twitter about a month ago,” Syndergaard told reporters during a conference call to introduce him, “and it was just brought to my attention this morning.”

“I'd just like to apologize for anything that was said. A buddy and I were having a little conversation. I had a poor attempt at humor and an even worse attempt at using a term I shouldn't have used. I hope I didn't offend anybody. I'm really sorry my first introduction to being a New York Met had to be like this,” he added.

Dmarze89 is a protected account under the name Dayton Marze. A picture of a young bearded man dressed in hunting gear graces his profile, which reads: “God, family, friends, huntin, fishin and baseball Louisiana.”

Syndergaard was rated Toronto Blue Jay's top pitching prospect by Baseball America.