Phillies’ Harper back from IL; Neris goes on leave

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper has been activated from the injured list and will bat third Saturday.

Harper went on the 10-day IL on May 25 with a bruised left forearm. Prior to going on the injured list, the slugger had been in an 0-for-16 slump and was held out of the Phillies’ lineup for the previous two games.

Before going on the IL, Harper was leading the team with a .489 slugging percentage, including 15 extra-base hits and seven home runs, but the slump has dropped his OPS to .884.

In a separate move, the Phillies placed closer Hector Neris on the paternity list.

Philadelphia has lost four of its past five games and is in the midst of an eight-game homestand that continues Saturday afternoon against the Washington Nationals.

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