MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 21 -- It turns out that Don Mattingly's record-tying streak of eight consecutive games in which he hit home runs ended only after he suffered a sprained wrist that now probably will cause the New York Yankees first baseman to miss a couple of games.

"It hurts to swing," he said today, indicating he expected to rest it while the Yankees played the Minnesota Twins tonight and Wednesday night.

"I told Lou {Piniella, the Yankees' manager} I didn't think I could help offensively. It didn't hurt to hit in batting practice, but it hurts to have to make a quick decision at the plate."

Saturday night, the left-handed hitting all-star sprained his right wrist and it has been sore since.

He aggravated the injury Monday night and his status will be evaluated daily. X-rays today were negative, a slight sprain was diagnosed and he was listed as day-to-day.

Mattingly said the injury occurred during his last at-bat Saturday in Texas, in the game in which he tied Dale Long's major league record. He played Sunday, stroking two hits but no homers against the Rangers.

Monday night against the Minnesota Twins, he tied a major league record by making 22 putouts as Yankees pitcher Tommy John had the Twins hitting one infield grounder after another. After the game, Mattingly wrapped his wrist in ice.

Mattingly went hitless in four at-bats in Monday's 7-1 victory. That ended his streak of at least one extra-base hit in 10 straight games, which broke Babe Ruth's 66-year-old American League mark and came within four games of Paul Waner's 60-year-old major league record.