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Phillies get positive update on potential Bryce Harper return date

Bryce Harper in a headband

Aug 5, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the middle of a tight playoff race, and may be adding a big piece back into their lineup in just a few weeks.

FOX Sports’ Tom Verducci reported on Wednesday that Bryce Harper is expected to begin his rehab assignment next Tuesday with the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate.

According to Verducci, the Phillies believe that Harper could return to the majors by the beginning of September.

“[Harper] hit today for the second time in three days,” Verducci said during FOX Sports MLB’s Wednesday pregame show. “Not sure how many at-bats Bryce wants to get [on his rehab assignment] before he’s activated, but the Phillies think it will be around September 1.

Harper has not played since June 25 after a wild pitch hit and broke his thumb, but the Phillies have not missed a beat in his absence. The team has gone 27-17 without Harper, and has a half-game lead over the San Diego Padres for the second National League Wild Card spot.

Prior to his injury, Harper was enjoying a good season. The 29-year-old was hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI and a .985 OPS in 64 games. He may give the Phillies just the boost they need in order to end their decade-plus playoff drought.

H/T Bleacher Report

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