TUESDAY: Germano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian (on Twitter).
Germano, 28, had pitched 12 2/3 innings of relief this year with as many walks as strikeouts (5) and a 5.68 ERA. Since debuting with the 2004 Padres, Germano has logged 253 MLB innings and posted a 5.02 ERA with 5.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 48% ground ball rate.
Valbuena has been a regular presence in the Indians' lineup since they acquired him before the 2009 season. The 25-year-old has a lifetime .227/.289/.348 line in 762 MLB plate appearances and has a .270/.323/.461 line at Triple-A Columbus this year.