BOSTON -- The Blue Jays' pitching staff is expected to receive a big boost this week with the return of Brandon Morrow and Frank Francisco.

The two right-handers made their final rehab appearances on Sunday for Class A Dunedin. Barring any last-minute setbacks, Francisco likely will join the Blue Jays on Tuesday, with Morrow scheduled to make his first start later in the week.

Morrow, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, is expected to throw 80-85 pitches for Dunedin, and the goal is to get him at least into the sixth inning.

"Even if he has five or six pitches left after five, we'd like for him to at least get up a sixth time just to make sure the ups, downs aren't limited as they otherwise might be," manager John Farrell said. "Everything points to this being the last [start] for him."

Morrow is expected to take the spot of either Jo-Jo Reyes or Jesse Litsch in the starting rotation. Farrell said that has "yet to be decided," but Morrow will make his first appearance on Friday or Saturday.

Francisco allowed one hit and struck out two over one scoreless inning. It marked his second consecutive impressive outing after he threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday. He has now allowed six runs and notched six strikeouts over five innings in the Minors.

"It was a very encouraging inning and a third the other night," Farrell said Saturday morning. "Not just in terms of the velocity, but the quality and the crispness of the stuff in the strike zone.

"We'll be sure to get him into a game today, whether that's limited to 12-15 pitches -- almost like a final tune-up before he comes back to us."

In Spring Training, Farrell announced that Francisco was the Blue Jays' closer. During the veteran reliever's absence, though, Jon Rauch is 3-for-3 in save opportunities, including a perfect inning against the Red Sox on Friday night.

There is no immediate guarantee the job will immediately go back to Francisco upon his return.

"We're not going to not acknowledge what Jon has done," Farrell said. "That was as crisp of an inning the other night when he came into the ninth that you'd ever want to see. Frankie coming back will give us options."

Encarnacion activated from bereavement list

BOSTON -- The Blue Jays activated Edwin Encarnacion from the bereavement list following Sunday afternoon's 8-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Encarnacion returned to the Dominican Republic late last week because of a death in his family. As per league rules, Encarnacion had to remain on the list for a minimum of three days before he could be activated.

The Blue Jays optioned Mike McCoy to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the 25-man roster. It is the second time this season McCoy has been optioned to the Minor Leagues.

The 30-year-old is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with a stolen base in seven games with Toronto this season.

Encarnacion is expected to resume his role as the club's third baseman and part-time designated hitter. He is hitting 7-for-18 during his past four games.

Sore right knee doesn't keep Hill out of lineup

BOSTON -- Aaron Hill went through a series of agility tests on the field Sunday morning at Fenway Park.

Hill is suffering from a sore right knee, but the injury was not enough to keep him out of the Blue Jays' lineup against Boston.

"He felt a little soreness on the outside of his right knee," manager John Farrell said. "I think it was more weather related, just as cold as it has been the past couple of days."

Farrell also said the soreness is not related to Hill's quadriceps muscle, which forced him to miss the majority of Spring Training. At this point, Hill is not expected to miss any time.

The 28-year-old Hill hit just .170 over his first 11 games of the season. Since that time, Hill has recorded two multihit games, but he is still looking for his first home run of the year.

"He has had real good swings the last two days," Farrell said. "He's seeing more pitches, he's walked a couple of times. I think that's just a sign of a little bit more confidence in the box and knowing that at some point in the at-bat you're going to get a pitch."

Hill is batting .270, with 90 home runs and 372 RBIs in 784 career games.

Perez makes strong impression on Farrell

BOSTON -- Left-hander Luis Perez caught the attention of manager John Farrell during his Major League debut Saturday afternoon. Perez struck out two and allowed just one hit over 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Red Sox.

Farrell was impressed not only with the young left-hander's arsenal of pitches, but also by the way he did not appear intimidated in the hostile environment at Fenway Park.

"When you're equipped with 93-95 mph. with a sinking fastball, a good changeup and the makings of a decent breaking ball, he should be confident," Farrell said. "He threw the ball yesterday like he did in Spring Training for us. I think it's just impressive when a young guy can come in like that and not change his demeanor."

Perez has spent the vast majority of his Minor League career as a starting pitcher, but the Blue Jays envision his future in the bullpen.

With the club carrying an eight-man relief corps for a brief period of time coupled with the expected arrival of Frank Francisco this week, Perez's stint with Toronto could be a short one.

Perez does have one advantage in that the only other left-hander in the bullpen is Marc Rzepczynski. But Farrell said it's not set in stone there has to be two southpaws available.

"It's nice to have two lefties, but we want to have the best pitchers," Farrell said. "There will be an opportunity over the next two days to take a look at that again."