MINNEAPOLIS -- A technicality left shortstop Spike Owen and outfielder Dave Henderson unable to play for the Boston Red Sox Monday night, and the players may remain ineligible to play until Friday.
The Seattle Mariners traded Owen and Henderson to the Red Sox Sunday for shortstop Rey Quinones, right-handed pitchers Mike Brown and Mike Trujillo and a minor league player to be named later.
However, American League officials say neither Brown nor Trujillo cleared waivers. Owen and Henderson were in uniform Monday night to play for the Red Sox against the Minnesota Twins but neither played.
Without Owen, Henderson and Quinones, the Red Sox played with only 21 men. They beat Minnesota 3-1, extending their lead in the American League to 5 games.
'The technicality at this point has blocked consummation of the trade,' Boston general manager Lou Gorman said.
Neither player is expected to be available to the Red Sox until Friday, said Phyllis Merhige, director of public relations for the American League.
'It doesn't mean they can't play tomorrow (Tuesday),' Merhige said from New York, 'but we'd prefer they didn't until we get this matter settled.'
Merhige said Quinones had cleared waivers but that the Red Sox 'asked too late' on Brown and Trujillo. She said she wasn't certain what the time limit was regarding clearance.
Owen was hitting .246 with Seattle this year with 35 RBI, while Henderson was batting .276 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI.
Red Sox manager John McNamara said he did not know about the snafu until a half hour before game time.
'All I know is that they weren't eligible tonight because of something about waivers,' McNamara said. 'That's all I know.'
The Red Sox did not appear to need either Owen or Henderson Monday night, but a 21-man roster could handicap McNamara for the rest of the week.
'I'd hate to do it every night,' he said.
Both Owen and Henderson took part in batting practice but watched the game from the clubhouse.
'I was ready to play. John told me I would lead off and play shortstop and I took infield,' Owen said. 'But then they told me there was some technicality so I watched it in the clubhouse.
'It's different and I really don't know how to feel because it's kind of stunning. But I presume they'll figure this out.'
Henderson also was amazed that the Red Sox or the American League could let such a mistake occur.
'This is 1986, not 1946, and they'll figure out something on this,' he said. 'It's weird and kind of confusing and all I know is someone didn't clear waivers and we're not eligible.'