NEW YORK (WFAN) – Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez, and Carlos Beltran are deep the Mets’ doghouse for missing a trip to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, reports the New York Post.
From the Post:
“According to a clubhouse source, COO Jeff Wilpon wasn’t happy that the trio of underachievers skipped the team’s visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Tuesday. Dillon Gee was the only other Mets player who didn’t attend, but the pitcher was excused in advance because he was preparing to make his major-league debut that night.
The absence of Beltran, Castillo and Perez raised some eyebrows within the organization.”
On Wednesday, Carlos Beltran defended his decision to skip the trip.
“I don’t know who’s creating this issue, but this offseason, I went to visit the Veterans Hospital in New York, so it’s not like I’m against it,” Beltran said. “I had my own things to do and I couldn’t make it.”
The Mets’ star center fielder was attending a meeting for his foundation, concerning a building project for a new high school in his native Puerto Rico.
Castillo also defended his actions.
“Sometimes you see people with no legs, no arms. I don’t like to see that,” Castillo said.
Perez refused to comment.
“I don’t answer anything about outside the stadium,” he said.