Philadelphia Phillies activate OF Bryce Harper from injured list

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.