PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — New York Mets captain David Wright apologized for scolding pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday in the clubhouse while reporters were nearby.

“I didn’t notice the media was within earshot,” Wright said Wednesday morning. “So that’s what I apologized to Noah for.”

Wright said he was treating the top pitching prospect like a younger brother when he chided him for eating lunch in the clubhouse during an intrasquad game.

Wright came into the clubhouse after playing three innings and saw Syndergaard eating at a table in front of a TV. Wright was visibly upset and quietly but firmly told Syndergaard he needed to be on the bench. Wright said “bench” multiple times during the brief encounter.

The clubhouse was mostly empty at the time with the exception of a few players and media, who were speaking with pitcher Zack Wheeler.

After Wright said something to Syndergaard, Mets closer Bobby Parnell grabbed Syndergaard’s plate and threw it into a trash can. Parnell had a team-excused engagement Wednesday morning and was not immediately available for comment.

 Mets infielder Daniel Murphy said he disagrees with the “lifestyle” of people who are gay.

The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is MLB’s first ambassador for inclusion, to talk at spring training. Murphy spoke to NJ Advance Media afterward.

“I disagree with his lifestyle,” he told NJ.com. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual.”

TIGERS: Detroit released Joel Hanrahan from a minor league contract and said he will have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18.

Alex Johnson, who played 13 years in the majors and won the AL batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, died. He was 72.

Alex Johnson Jr. said that his father died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer.

Johnson spent just two seasons with the Angels but became the only batting champion in the 55-year-old franchise’s history when he hit .329 in 1970. Johnson beat out Carl Yastrzemski for the crown on the final day of the season, going 2 for 3 and inching .0003 percentage points ahead of Yaz.