PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies have activated slugger Ryan Howard from the disabled list and the former NL MVP is expected to make his season debut on Friday night.

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Howard has been sidelined the entire season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while making the final out in Philadelphia's loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series last October. The first baseman played in seven minor league games and went 10 for 20 with a home run. He'll likely be in his customary cleanup spot when the last-place Phillies open a three-game set against Atlanta.

Hector Luna was sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Howard. Luna hit .246 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 26 games.