Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 7/25/12

Less than 24 hours after bunting in the game-winning RBI, Aaron Cunningham has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians to make room for the recently acquired Brent Lillibridge.

Cunningham, during Tuesday’s post-game media scrum, lightly plead his case to remain with the Indians, stating that he would continue to do anything that is asked of him. Unfortunately, being out of options, he will be asked to take a few games off where he could ultimately land back in Columbus if the cards fall right.

On December 16, 2011, Cunningham was traded to the Indians for minor league pitcher Cory Burns. The 26-year-old Cunningham, largely used as a late-game defensive replacement for either Shelley Duncan or Johnny Damon, hit .175 through 72 games (95 at-bats), hitting one home run, driving in seven runs and striking out 25 times.

[Related: WFNY Wednesday Wahoos: Indians Minor League Weekly Review 7/25]

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