Prior to the game on Friday night, Jay Bruce was named as an injury replacement for the National League All-Star Game.
Bruce, who is hitting .264 with 18 home runs with one game left to play in the first half, will fill in as a replacement for Dexter Fowler for the game to be played on June 11.
It will be Bruce’s third All-Star team, also accomplishing the feat in 2011 and ’12.
Bruce was in a battle with Adam Duvall in being the Reds representative on the team. While Duvall earned the initial nod, both will be on the squad.
“I am going to be excited to go with Adam [Duvall] and watch him take it all in,” Bruce told Fox Sports Cincinnati. “It is a whirlwind and you just have to slow it down as much as you can and try to enjoy it. It is a special group of people to be around and be a part of.”
While this may be Bruce’s curtain call with the Reds, it will be a nice cap on a solid career with the franchise. With his contract situation and the current rebuild, Bruce is expected to be traded in the next month before the deadline as one of the top targets on the market.