Beltran to keep word, pay for Niese's surgery

Beltran to keep word, pay for Niese's surgery

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Carlos Beltran fully intends to pay up after offering to finance former teammate Jon Niese's rhinoplasty last year.

"I did get the bill," Beltran said Thursday at Cardinals camp in Jupiter, Fla. "I'm waiting to go there and give it to him personally."

Niese revealed earlier this week that he underwent a rhinoplasty reconstruction operation at the behest of Beltran, who offered to pay for the procedure if Niese actually went through with it. The Mets left-hander did precisely that in October, crediting the operation for improving his breathing and allowing him to shed 10 pounds through extra cardiovascular work this winter.

Beltran, who estimated the cost of the procedure at $10,000, said he will pay Niese when the Mets and Cardinals meet later this spring. Though Beltran said he never encouraged Niese to undergo the operation, he did agree to finance it if Niese did it on his own.

"He came to me the day after the conversation and said, 'Are you sure you're going to pay for it?'" Beltran recalled. "I said, 'I'll pay for it. I'm not sure if you're going to do it, but if you do it, I'll pay for it.'"