Harper set to come off IL, rejoin Phillies on Fri.

by Daryn Albert - Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson announced Bryce Harper's impending return from the injured list Thursday after consulting with the star.

Bryce Harper cleared to rejoin Philadelphia Phillies on Friday after successful rehab stint 4:45 PM ET ESPN News Services PHILADELPHIA -- Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper is set to start for the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night, just two months after having his left thumb broken by a pitch. Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson announced Harper's impending return from the injured list Thursday after consulting with the star. Editor's Picks Harper hit two home runs and a game-winning double in a a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this week. His minor league stint was originally expected to last a few games longer. Harper took off Thursday to recover from some soreness, but is set to be the designated hitter when the Phillies host Pittsburgh to start of a three-game weekend series. He won't play the outfield the rest of the season due to a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his throwing elbow. The two-time NL MVP was hitting .318 with 15 homers and 48 RBI when the thumb was broken by a fastball from San Diego's Blake Snell on June 25. Since his departure, Philadelphia has climbed into the second wild card position in the National League with a 30-20 record without him. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.