Jay Bruce joined Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips as reserves on the National League squad for the All-Star Game on July 12 in Phoenix.

All three were voted in by the players. It is Bruce's first All-Star Game. Votto and Phillips are going back for the second straight year.

Votto was thrilled his buddy, Bruce, made it.

"I was probably more happy that he got in than myself," Votto said. "He had such great month. He hit so many homers. He deserved to get in. Brandon was a layup. It was an easy pick. I'm kind of surprised he's not starting. No disrespect to whoever's starting. (Brandon's) my teammate."

Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks beat out Phillips and Milwaukee first baseman Prince Fielder beat out Votto in fan voting for the starting spots.

Bruce, the Reds right fielder, was the NL Player of the Month in May. He hit .342 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in the month.

"I knew when voting took place I was having a little more success. It's why the season is a whole season. It's not just a month, a couple of weeks. I'm very excited about it."

Manager Dusty Baker let Bruce know this morning.

"He just told me. He didn't really preface it with anything. He just said, 'Hey, you made the All-Star team. It was a surprise in that regard. I thought I had a chance to make it. But it wouldn't have been totally surprised if I didn't. A lot of guys are having good years. I'm happy to be part of it."

"He definitely wanted me in," Bruce said of Votto. "We're friends and teammates. You want your teammates to make it. It's an honor."