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
Dallas Cowboys are hold off on placing Tony Romo on Injured Reserve in hopes of still making the playoffs.
Oh Jerry. Look, the most reductive outlook you could possibly have on Dallas' playoff chances is that the Cowboys are only two games out of the division lead. But that's ignoring the fact that they're also tied for the worst record in NFC and just one win better that the two worst teams in the league. If the Cowboys were smart, they'd be taking the perspective that they have a very, very good shot of getting a great draft pick. But it sounds like they're taking an approach that's going to cost them draft slots on the belief that Matt Cassel is leading them to the playoff. Freakin' Jerry. Analysis: Brett Talley
Chandler Parsons is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game.
Parsons has been sitting out in back-to-backs this season and will apparently continue to do so for now. The last time Parsons sat, Dirk, Felton, Williams and Matthews all played over 35 minutes, and no other bench guys saw even 20 minutes in Parsons' absence. So if you're looking for an uptick in usage for any Mavs, you should probably count on the other starters getting the extra work. Analysis: Brett Talley