The Blue Jays designated Encarnacion for assignment on Monday, giving them 10 days to make a move with him. He hit .200 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs this season. Toronto got Encarnacion last July in a trade that sent Scott Rolen to the Reds.
The Blue Jays also say pitcher Dustin McGowan will have surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday. He is still trying to recover from shoulder surgery two years ago, and there is no timetable for when he will throw again.
The team reinstated right-handed pitcher Scott Richmond from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to Class A Dunedin.