MIAMI -- Fortunately for Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, he did not cancel his hotel reservations in San Diego for next week. Hoping he would be an All-Star, Bruce booked rooms for himself and his family, but he was not selected when the rosters were named on Tuesday.
But on Saturday, Bruce was named as a replacement to the National League team by manager Terry Collins for the injured Dexter Fowler of the Cubs. The All-Star Game presented by MasterCard will be played on Tuesday at Petco Park (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX). Bruce is now a three-time All-Star.
"I don't want to wish injury on anyone," Bruce said. "Getting in is getting in. I'm really happy about it. I definitely don't take any All-Star appearance for granted."
Instead of spending the All-Star break at home in Texas, Bruce is now making arrangements to get his family to San Diego.
"I had a preliminary plan in place, just because I thought there might be a chance," he said. "I had until July 9 to cancel the hotel rooms. We're still in that window. It's been as least hectic as it possibly can be. But there is still going to be some running around crazy going on, but that stuff is kind of part of it."
An All-Star in 2011 and '12, Bruce had worthy numbers in '13, but was not selected. He had down years the past two seasons, but is enjoying a resurgent '16, entering Saturday batting .265 with an 852 OPS, 18 home runs, 19 doubles, six triples and 62 RBIs.
"Obviously I would have liked to have made it through the players' vote or [manager's] selection," Bruce said. "It's tough. Somebody always gets left off. Fortunately this time I was able to squeak in at the last minute."
Going to the All-Star Game for the third time is no less exciting for Bruce as his first time.
"It's always new," he said. "I'm really excited to be going with Adam and kind of watching him take it all in. It's a whirlwind. You've got to try and slow it down as much as you can and enjoy it. It's a special group of people to be around and be considered a part of it. I don't take that very lightly at all."
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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.