CLEVELAND -- Michael Aubrey will remain in the fold with the Indians this spring.
Aubrey, designated for assignment last week when the Indians signed free-agent Carl Pavano, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on Monday. He will be a non-roster invitee to the Indians' Spring Training camp in Goodyear, Ariz.
The Indians made Aubrey the 11th overall selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft after his stellar junior season at Tulane. But while his natural talent at the plate and in the field has never been disputed, the 26-year-old Aubrey has battled a multitude of injuries throughout his professional career.
Various ailments, including back and abdominal strains, knee problems and hamstring trouble, limited Aubrey to just 107 games from 2005-07. The '08 season was actually his healthiest in some time, and he made both his Triple-A and big league debuts. At Buffalo, he batted .281 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 72 games, and he hit .200 with two homers and three RBIs in 15 games in the Majors.
With upper-level organizational depth at first base that includes Ryan Garko, Victor Martinez, Matt LaPorta, Michael Brantley and Jordan Brown, the Indians didn't deem it necessary to keep Aubrey on the 40-man roster, and no other teams claimed him on waivers.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.