Storylines:Thornburg out for season

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? The Boston Red Sox will have to wait at least one year before seeing their winter trade for right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg pay off.  The righty will not be able to make his debut for the Red Sox in 2017 as he is set to undergo thoracic outlet surgery and will miss the rest of the season per a team announcement.  He had been battling a shoulder problem all season and was continually getting knocked back as he encountered setback after setback.  The Red Sox have finally decided to call it quits on trying to get him on the mound for 2017 and are now setting their sights on getting him healthy for the 2018 season.  The Red Sox sent a package headlined by Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers for Thornburg back in the offseason.  Shaw is thriving at the heart of the Brewers’ batting order so the Brewers are reaping early benefits of the deal.  Thornburg was supposed to be a set-up guy for Craig Kimbrel in the 2017 season but that is longer a possibility for rest of the year.  Hopefully he will be fully recovered by 2018 and can begin to set things up in the back-end of the bullpen for the Red Sox next season otherwise the Red Sox may have made a trade they will regret for a long time.

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? The New York Mets have seen injuries strike a pair of their key players.  Second baseman Neil Walker is out for a few weeks due to a partially torn hamstring and right-hander Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a stress injury to the scapula bone per team announcements.  Both have received PRP injections but will be shut down from baseball activities for a number of weeks before attempting to come back. 

? New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird’s comeback has suffered a serious setback.  The Yankees have shut down Bird’s rehab and he is going to see the team doctor on Friday per Erik Boland of Newsday.  His right leg is reportedly not feeling right and he is apparently having trouble putting any weight on it so it seems his return to the active roster is going to be delayed quite a bit.

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