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Phillies' Bryce Harper to Be Activated from IL Friday After Thumb Injury Recovery

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVAugust 25, 2022

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The Philadelphia Phillies will activate Bryce Harper on Friday, manager Rob Thomson told reporters.

Harper hasn't played since the Phillies' 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on June 25, when he fractured his left thumb after getting hit by a pitch.

The two-time National League MVP has looked great so far in his short rehab assignment with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He's 5-for-8 with two home runs and six RBI in two appearances.

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Whereas the Phillies were heavily dependent on Harper's performance at the plate down the stretch of the 2021 season, their success without him over the last two months is a sign of how much they've improved. Philly has a two-game cushion on the San Diego Padres for the second NL wild-card spot, and Jon Morosi of MLB Network noted the team is 31-20 since Harper's injury.

That's not to diminish Harper's value. Through 64 appearances, he has 15 home runs and a .318/.385/.599 slash line. Despite having missed so much time, he's second among Phillies position players in WAR (2.7), per FanGraphs.

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