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Update: Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) stated, “I’m not 100-percent ready to run full speed," but insists he will be fine for Friday. He also added, “I’ve been pitching through it for a while. As long as I don’t have to run, it feels good to pitch.”
Obviously you'd like to see him at 100-percent, but even during the week leading up to the All Star break, when reports first appeared regarding his hamstring, he still performed up to task. You'd like to hope that attempting to pitch through this injury won't make it worse in the end but it's simply a risk you're going to have to take. He's a fierce competitor and he was already upset about missing time early in the season. If he can pitch through it, he will. Continue to keep him in your lineup, business as usual. ANALYST: Howard Bender
The 76ers have waived JaVale McGee.
McGee, oddly enough, came out and said he wanted to be a "mentor" to the young players on the Sixers after arriving at the trade deadline. Just a few weeks late, McGee will be packing his bags, hoping he picks up with a contender. The seven-footer reportedly will not have to give back any money in a buyout, and is owed the remainder of his $11.2 million contract, along with $12 million next year. Analysis: Spencer Silva