Carlos Beltran says the New York Mets made their request to delay knee surgery only after the operation was underway.
A day after his right knee was repaired, the All-Star center fielder contradicted the claims of team officials who said they asked him to delay surgery while the club’s medical staff evaluated his condition.
“I have done nothing but follow the directions of my doctors. Any accusations that I ignored or defied the team’s wishes are simply false,” Beltran said in a statement released Thursday by his agent, Scott Boras.
“No one from the team raised any issue until Wednesday, after I was already in surgery,” Beltran said. “I do not know what else I could have done.”
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Boras claims Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek and trainer Ray Ramirez approved the surgery on Tuesday. Boras said chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon asked for the delay on Wednesday morning, when Dr. Richard Steadman already was removing cartilage fragments and inflammation, and shaving bone spurs.
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Beltran had permission to be examined by Steadman, but the team “wanted to have the opportunity to digest the information, the diagnosis.”
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