NEW YORK (WFAN) — Jonathon Niese can breathe easier at Mets camp this spring.
And no, we’re not talking about his secured spot in Terry Collins’ rotation.
Niese unveiled his new profile after undergoing rhinoplasty last October — thanks to former teammate Carlos Beltran.
The 25-year-old lefty said Monday that Beltran urged him to get the procedure.
“He wanted me to have a new nose,” Niese said Monday, according to the New York Daily News. “So he offered to pay for it, and I was just like, ‘all right.’ Then it turned into seeing doctors, then it turned into getting it fixed.”
Beltran signed with St. Louis this offseason after he was traded from the Mets to San Francisco last July.
Niese said he’s still waiting for Beltran to follow through on his promise to pay for the cost of the nose job.
“I’m going to send him the bill,” he told the Daily News.
“I don’t know (whether) to say ‘What a teammate’ or ‘What a butt-head,’ ” fellow starter R.A. Dickey said of Beltran on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show Tuesday.
Niese admitted he’s breathing better than ever with his improved nose, and that could have a great effect on his conditioning. The starter reported to Mets camp less 10 pounds on Monday.
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