Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (right pectoral strain) pitched three innings in a simulated game and is expected to throw make a rehab start later this week. He could be activated next week.
He has one year left on his current deal.
The Nuggets outscored Portland 35-20 afterward.
“Coaches are funny that way,” Devin Harris said. “I thought it was the right thing to do. Obviously, I thought Jamal got fouled. But he used it to kind of fire us up and we needed a little bit of an energy pick-up right there and I thought Coach gave it to us.”
The teams ahead of Denver in the playoff race haven’t done the Nuggets any favors. A loss to Portland would have eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention because the Spurs, Timberwolves, Thunder and Pelicans all won Monday night.
They won’t be watching the scoreboard Wednesday night, either.
Hurns had a break-out season in 2015, hauling in 64 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he has played in just 21 games in the two seasons since, catching a combined 74 passes with five touchdowns.
Some of Hurns’ problems since 2015 have rested with inconsistent quarterback Blake Bortles and the team’s shift in philosophy. Marquise Lee also emerged as a threat during the last two seasons, taking targets away from Hurns.
With Allen Robinson now with the Bears, and Hurns set to be released, Jacksonville has given up on the talented wide receiver tandem that took the NFL by storm in 2015.
Kintzler came on in the seventh and promptly gave up consecutive hits to Amed Rosario and Cabrera to make it 2-2. Then Kintzler — who allowed Jay Bruce’s grand slam Thursday — got Frazier to hit a bouncer up the middle. But Michael Conforto was running from first on the play and was safe when second baseman Howie Kendrick bobbled the ball before throwing over to get Frazier.