Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 2/20/12

Mets pitcher Jon Niese reported to spring training with a new look this week. Yup, Niese got a nose job and says he’s lost 10 pounds since getting it done because his breathing is now improved. But the reason he got it done is the best part.

Niese says former teammate Carlos Beltran teased him last season and offered to pay for the procedure if Neise got it done. The pitcher got the surgery in October, though he hasn’t spoken with Beltran about it yet.

“Carlos wanted me to do it, so I was like, ‘OK,’ ” Niese said. “I couldn’t say no. And then it turned into fixing it.”

Niese says he’ll remind Beltran to pay when he talks to him.

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