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Storylines: Zack Greinke's season is over

The Diamondbacks have shut down Zack Greinke for the rest of the season, plus all the other news and notes from around baseball on Saturday...

Top Storyline:

- The Arizona Diamondbacks are shutting some players down in advance of the end of the 2016 season.  Right-handed ace Zack Greinke is expected to miss the last week of the season due to shoulder inflammation per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.  The righty underwent an MRI and the results showed no structural damage to his shoulder but the Diamondbacks are expected to play it safe and shut him down. He only had two more starts to make and with the Diamondbacks’ season already over, it wouldn’t make that big of a difference.  The Diamondbacks have had quite the opposite season they expected to have after making several splashy moves in both free agency and the trade market over the offseason.  Right now they have a bunch of decisions to make over the offseason with regards to their front office, coaching staff and roster.  It should be interesting to see which direction the team goes from here.

Other Storylines:

- Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval may be available off the bench in the postseason per Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.  The veteran was expected to miss the rest of the season due to having shoulder surgery earlier in the year but has reportedly made great progress and is well ahead of schedule.  It remains unclear if he is really going to be available but if he is he will most likely be relegated to pinch-hitting.

- The New York Mets are still unsure when infielder Wilmer Flores will be ready to return to action per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.  The infielder has a bone bruise and has not played in a game since September 10 after colliding with Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski.  Flores may very well be lost for the rest of the season leaving the Mets yet another man down.

- The Baltimore Orioles reportedly discussed extensions with catcher Matt Wieters and designated hitter Pedro Alvarez per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe but talks reportedly did not get far.  Both players seem likely to leave Baltimore at the end of the year.  Wieters took a qualifying offer to rebuild his value and will be one of the top catching options on the free agent market next season while Alvarez hopes to cash in after taking a one-year deal to come to Baltimore to rebuild his value and has been able to still possess some deadly power at the plate.

- The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to get veteran outfielder Matt Holliday back from the DL later in the week if his visit with a hand specialist goes well per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Holliday was expected to miss the rest of the season due to a fractured thumb but has making strides to return before the end of the regular season to help the Cardinals clinch a wild card berth.

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