MIAMI -- The Norfolk shuttle finally saw a body going the other way on Wednesday, when the Orioles acquired first baseman Michael Aubrey from Cleveland for a player to be named. Baltimore has taken several players from Triple-A Norfolk this season, and Aubrey was acquired to help flesh out the organization's depth.
"He's going to Triple-A," said manager Dave Trembley. "He's going to Triple-A to give them some inventory, some offense, a guy that will help them out because we've taken a couple of players up here. He's going to Triple-A to try and help their offense somewhat. That's what that's all about."
Aubrey, a former first-round Draft pick, was batting .292 for Triple-A Columbus at the time of the trade. He had five home runs and 29 RBIs in his first 57 games, and he will support Brandon Snyder at first base. Thus far the left-handed hitter has had trouble realizing the expectations set for him as the 11th overall pick in 2003.
Aubrey, who turned 27 shortly after the season began, has been slowed by back injuries in his brief career. He'll be needed at Norfolk because of prolonged injuries to third baseman Scott Moore and shortstop Blake Davis, not to mention big league promotions for Oscar Salazar, Nolan Reimold and Matt Wieters.
Snyder, a fellow first-round draftee, will still receive the lion's share of playing time at first base. He started this season by batting .343 with a .421 on-base percentage for Double-A Bowie. The Orioles promoted him off that performance, and he has batted just .118 in his first five games for Norfolk.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.