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MLB rumors roundup for May 28

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There may be an abbreviated schedule of major league action on the field today, with only 14 of the league's 30 teams making news on the field, but the rumor mill nevertheless continues to operate at full steam for Thursday May 28. Here's a quick look at a few of the more interesting stories making the rounds today.

  • Ryan Howard: With Matt Adams of the St. Louis Cardinals headed for surgery on his torn quad that will potentially end his season, rumors of the team dealing for Howard have already begun. ESPN.com's Buster Olney writes that "Howard is a product of Missouri, and given that the Philadelphia Phillies have indicated to the baseball world that they'll eat a ton of money to move him, there could be a deal to be made."

  • Scott Kazmir: The Oakland Athletics' starter was forced to leave Wednesday's game after just three innings due to a sore shoulder, and an MRI looms. There may be a trip to the disabled list in the pitcher's future, which could greatly diminish what was expected to be a lot of trade interest over the next month.

  • Cincinnati Reds: Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer suggests that the team has very little time to turn things around for the 2015 before embarking on a "fire sale." As he puts it, "This was an 84- or 85-win team that left Arizona seven weeks ago. It has become less than that, owing to the injuries to Devin Mesoraco and Homer Bailey. But it ain't this bad."

  • Eduardo Rodriguez: The pitcher will make his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, but win or lose, expect him to go right back down to Triple-A. Manager John Farrell simply wants to give some of his young prospects a chance to get their debuts "out of the way" to avoid too much putting too much stress on them if the team eventually has to recall them due to actual need.

  • Grant Balfour: Retirement may be in the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher's future after he opted out of his contract with Triple-A Durham. The 37-year-old struggled in his attempt to return to form.