The Reds had several key injuries last season that hurt their chances of making a deep run in October. After an offseason to recover, it looks like those injuries have healed.
There haven't been any setbacks reported on Johnny Cueto's side injury. That will be something to keep an eye on during spring training as he gets more work in. There also has not been anything reported on the status of Jonathan Broxton, who had surgery near the end of the season, nor on Sean Marshall.
Let's take a look at some of the key injuries from last season and their current status.
2B Brandon Phillips
Brandon Phillips knocked in a career-high 103 runs last year, but many people focused on his .310 on-base percentage, which was the worst of his Reds career.
There are a few reasons as to why that number dipped. First, he adjusted his approach when he moved into the cleanup spot. Knocking in runs became more important than getting on base. However, through June 1, he was doing a great job of driving in runs and getting on base.
As of June 1, he was hitting .296/.347/.581 with nine home runs, 13 doubles and 45 RBI. He hit only nine home runs, 11 doubles and 57 RBI over the final four months of the season.
What was the reason for the drop? On the first day of June, Phillips was drilled in the wrist by a Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher. He missed a couple of games directly after, but he gutted out the rest of the season.
Phillips didn't use the injury as an excuse, but he got treatment for it in the offseason. As he posted on his Instagram account (above), he had ligament damage in his left wrist.
It looks like that injury has healed as he has been working out.
RHP Mat Latos
The injury that most Cincinnati fans want to know about is Mat Latos' bone chips.
The right-hander was diagnosed with the injury shortly before the Wild Card Game, and it was enough to keep him from making the start. Shortly after the season, Latos had surgery to take care of the issue, via MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.
He was expected to be ready for spring training.
The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans was able to talk to Latos for an update on his recovery in January:
If I hadn't had the surgery, I'd be in a [lot] of pain right now.
I feel like I'm behind right now, they say I'm on schedule.
The whole idea is to get four-to-six bullpens before we start spring training. Nothing spectacular. Fastballs, maybe changeups -- maybe. It depends on how everything feels. Everything feels great. The surgery went well, it took 32 minutes, and I was out. It wasn't anything spectacular.
There were four of them [bone chips] floating around down there -- not a bad season for four bone chips floating around in the elbow.
It sounds like Latos isn't in any pain, so he should be able to get his arm ready for the start of the season. Dallas Latos, Mat's wife, tweeted good news a few days ago: The pitcher had already reported to camp.