BOSTON -- The Blue Jays recalled left-hander Luis Perez from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday afternoon.

The move had been anticipated since Wednesday, when the club optioned left-hander Brad Mills to the Minors following a three-game series in Seattle.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the move was made in part because of the team's difficult four-game series in Boston and the lack of late innings being thrown by Brett Cecil, Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Litsch.

"We wanted to have that depth for this series, because these three starters haven't gone seven innings each time out. These games tend to be long and marathons, and this is a lineup that will grind it out," said Anthopoulos, whose team is going with an eight-man bullpen.

"Luis can protect the rotation and the 'pen, and even if it's for a short period, it gives us a chance to look at him, because it is a year to find out about Luis Perez, because he will be out of options at the end of the year."

The 26-year-old Perez made one start for Triple-A Las Vegas this season and allowed four runs over five innings.

Encarnacion placed on bereavement list

BOSTON -- Edwin Encarnacion will be out of the Blue Jays' lineup for at least the next three days after being placed on the bereavement list Friday afternoon.

Encarnacion has returned home to the Dominican Republic because of a death in his family. The bereavement list allows for absences of at least three days and a maximum of seven.

"We're with he and his family at an unfortunate time," manager John Farrell said. "They're never easy situations, and certainly what he needs to take care of is first and foremost right now."

Encarnacion was on a four-game hitting streak prior to his departure. The 28-year-old is hitting .268, with four RBIs and six runs scored this season.

Utility man Mike McCoy was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Encarnacion on Toronto's 25-man roster. McCoy had been optioned to Las Vegas on Sunday to make room for right-hander Scott Richmond.

McCoy is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with one double in seven games this season.

Purcey garnering interest on trade market

BOSTON -- General manager Alex Anthopoulos continues to explore the market for left-hander David Purcey, but he has yet to find an acceptable trade.

Purcey was designated for assignment on Tuesday. The club has 10 days to trade, release or place Purcey on waivers.

Anthopoulos remains confident he will be able to find a trade and said he was exploring all his options.

"[I'm] just continuing to have dialogue with teams," Anthopoulos said. "I've had very strong interest in him from multiple teams. [I] expect to get something done, but we're going to use the full 10 days most likely."

Purcey allowed three runs and walked four batters over 2 1/3 innings this season. He was out of options on his contract and could not be assigned to the Minor Leagues without first being designated.