10/01/2003 3:35 PM ET
Suppan left off playoff roster
OAKLAND -- Obviously leery of right fielder Trot Nixon having a setback with his ailing left calf, the Red Sox put 15 position players on their Division Series roster and 10 pitchers.
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Most affected by that decision was veteran right-handed starter Jeff Suppan, who was left off the roster.
Suppan was acquired from the Pirates on July 31 for prospect Freddy Sanchez and took a regular turn in Boston's rotation the last two months of the season.
However, Suppan's return to the organization with which he broke in did not go as hoped. He went 3-4 with a 5.57 ERA in 11 appearances.
After Suppan's final regular-season start, manager Grady Little announced that if the Sox needed a fourth starter in the Division Series, it would be John Burkett. The other option is ace Pedro Martinez coming back on three days rest, which effectively put Suppan out of the mix.
The man who beat out Suppan for the final pitching spot was right-hander Bronson Arroyo. The 26-year-old right-hander, who threw a perfect game for Triple-A Pawtucket in August, has been impressive for the Sox since being called up late in that month.
In six appearances -- all out of the bullpen -- Arroyo posted a 2.08 ERA.
The other nine pitchers on the roster are Martinez, Derek Lowe, Tim Wakefield, Burkett, Byung-Hyun Kim, Mike Timlin, Scott Williamson, Alan Embree and Scott Sauerbeck.
The position player who benefited from Nixon's uncertain status is speedy outfielder Adrian Brown, who claimed the 15th spot.
The other 14 players on Boston's positional roster are: Catchers Jason Varitek and Doug Mirabelli; first basemen Kevin Millar and David McCarty; second basemen Todd Walker and Damian Jackson; shortstop Nomar Garciaparra; third basemen Bill Mueller and Lou Merloni; outfielders Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Nixon, and Gabe Kapler; and designated hitter David Ortiz.
If the Red Sox qualify for the ALCS, they can change their 25-man roster at that time.
The Sox kick off their postseason Wednesday night against the A's at 10:06 p.m. ET.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.