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Tylor Megill solid in return as Mets beat Angels

Tylor Megill solid in return as Mets beat Angels

ANAHEIM — During his pregame press conference Friday at Angel Stadium, Mets manager Buck Showalter received so many questions about injured players — Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, James McCann and more — that he disappeared into his office and came out moments later holding a piece of loose-leaf paper with all the requisite updates. There were too many to keep track of without writing it down.

A few hours later, Tylor Megill did his manager a favor by making that list at least one line shorter. Although limited by a pitch count, Megill did enough in his return from the injured list to put the Mets on the proper track for a 7-3 win over the Angels.

Pitching in front of dozens of family members and friends at Angel Stadium, the Orange County native hit 98 mph with his first pitch of the game and ramped it up to 99 mph later in the inning — numbers he hadn’t consistently delivered since April. By May, Megill was regularly giving up runs as he battled the effects of right biceps tendinitis.

Friday, those worries seemed well in the past. Megill struck out four batters and walked one over 3 1/3 innings, throwing 64 pitches as he played in Southern California for the first time since college. And although he allowed a two-run homer to Brandon Marsh, Megill received plenty of support from Brandon Nimmo and Mark Canha, who combined for three extra-base hits, three RBIs (apiece) and two runs scored.

That allowed Megill to come away pleased that he’s back moving in the right direction.

“I don’t know the cause of what happened and why it was like that,” Megill said of his arm trouble. “In ways, I was worried, just because I’ve never experienced something like that. But it wasn’t major whatsoever.”

From here, Megill’s challenge will be to stretch out to a normal starter’s workload. He’ll likely be capped at around 80 pitches in his next start at Citi Field, before the limitations disappear altogether later this month. The Mets will certainly be…

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