Expected Return for Phillies Slugger Announced

Bryce Harper is expected to begin his Triple-A rehab assignment on Tuesday. 

Harper has been sidelined since late-June following surgery on his fractured left thumb. Philadelphia Phillies President of Operations Dave Dombrowski said that a September 1st return for Harper is realistic.

Harper will assume the designated hitter role once again, upon his return. 

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The twenty-nine-year-old was on track for an MVP season before the injury, slashing a remarkable .318/.385/.599, with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and nine stolen bases across 64 games. 

The Phillies are in the thick of the Wild Card race, currently sporting a 65-52 record, putting them a half-game up on the San Diego Padres for the second NL Wild Card spot. 
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