JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran plans on paying New York Mets lefty and former teammate Jonathan Niese in person for a $10,000 nose job.
Beltran, now with the St. Louis Cardinals, said Thursday that he’ll have a check for Niese when his new team plays the Mets in spring training. The clubs are about a 40-minute interstate drive apart in Florida.
“I did get the bill, yeah,” Beltran said. “I want to go there and give it to him personally.”
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Beltran maintained he didn’t recommend surgery last summer, but he did offer to foot the bill after Niese said the procedure wasn’t a priority.
“He came to me the day after the conversation and he said `Are you sure you’re going to pay for it?'” Beltran said. “I said, `Well, I’ll pay for it if you’re going to do it.’ I guess he was happy that he didn’t have to pay $10,000 for his nose.”
The 25-year-old pitcher had surgery to correct a deviated septum in October and said earlier this week that he’s been breathing easier now that the right nostril is no longer blocked.
“You know what, the only thing I did was offer my service to pay, that’s all I did,” Beltran said. “I didn’t tell him to do anything. I know people said I recommended nose surgery. That’s impossible I was going to recommend a person have nose surgery.”