For most of his brief tenure in the Reds' organization, second baseman Dilson Herrera has been plagued by a sore right shoulder. Herrera felt that those issues were finally behind him.

"Everything is good," Herrera said Friday. "I am feeling really better, much better than last year. I'm ready to work."

Herrera, who was acquired from the Mets on Aug. 1, 2016, for Jay Bruce, hurt his shoulder shortly after the deal and it prevented him from being a September callup from Triple-A Louisville. The injury still affected him at Reds camp last spring to where he could hit but not play the field.

The 2017 season at Louisville saw Herrera limited to 68 games because of a shoulder impingement. Exactly one year after the day of his trade from the Mets, he had season-ending surgery to debride his shoulder.

Herrera, who will turn 24 on March 3, is still young, but is already out of Minor League options. That could put the Reds in a tough position later in camp. If he doesn't earn a spot on the 25-man roster, he would have to clear waivers first before he can be sent back to Louisville and could get claimed. Herrera is hoping to earn a spot on the bench.