On Wednesday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians announced that the club had designated out fielder Aaron Cunningham for assignment in order to make room on the roster for newly acquired utility man Brent Lillibridge.
The Indians acquired Lillibridge on Tuesday in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, which sent minor-league relief pitcher Jose De La Torre the other way.
As anticipated, Indians designate OF Aaron Cunningham for assignment to clear a roster spot for UTIL Brent Lillibridge.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 25, 2012
Cunningham played in 72 games with the Indians in 2012, recording a .175 batting average with one home run, four doubles and seven RBI.
Prior to being traded to the Indians this past offseason, Cunningham had spent two years each with the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics organizations. His 72 games played with the Indians was the most major league games he has played in one season to this point in his career.