Beltran returns; Wheeler does not

The last time Carlos Beltran addressed the media at Tradition Field, he spoke about Jon Niese’s nose job and his own decision to sign with the Cardinals.

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He made the trip again Wednesday, in a game that was supposed to pit him against Zack Wheeler until the latter suffered a minor oblique injury. Instead, Beltran talked about…

The pressures of signing a multi-year mega-deal, as he did in 2005 and David Wright did this winter:“Sometimes you really want to do more than to help the team because you feel like it’s on your shoulders. But with David I believe it’s going to be a little bit different. He’s been with the organization for a long time, so there’s nothing he needs to change. There is nobody he needs to impress. So he just needs to go out there and play the game.”

His own career renaissance with a playoff contender: “What really has rejuvenated me is being healthy. When you’re healthy, you’re playing games, you’re competing, it keeps me going. And of course the opportunity of playing in meaningful games in October has always helped. I was very happy to have the opportunity to play in the playoffs again, and it was fun. Even though we lost, for me, it was a good experience.”

The trade that sent him to San Francisco in exchange for Wheeler:“It worked out better for them, because I thought I was going to go to the playoffs and it didn’t happen. But it is what it is. I took the chance of going to a team that was fighting for a playoff spot and it didn’t work out for me, but it worked out for the Mets.”

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