Rangers OF Ruben Mateo was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a broken left wrist, perhaps ending the rookie's season.

Mateo was injured while taking a swing in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 3-1 win over Minnesota. Although preliminary X-rays appeared negative, further tests by a hand specialist revealed a fracture.

Mateo is scheduled to undergo surgery today to remove the broken bone and is expected to be sidelined for 6 to 8 weeks. The Rangers will activate OF Tom Goodwin in time for tonight's game against the Blue Jays.

Mateo, one of the Rangers' most highly touted prospects, is batting .238 with five homers and 18 RBI in 32 games since his recall on June 12. Goodwin is batting .241 with 27 stolen bases in 56 games but has appeared in just one game since straining his left hip flexor muscle on June 11.

STRAWBERRY HITLESS: Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry, playing in the second game of his comeback with the Class AAA Columbus Clippers, went hitless and drove in a run last night in a 6-4 loss to the visiting Indianapolis Indians.

Strawberry's RBI, on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, was his first since returning from a suspension after his arrest on solicitation and drug charges in April.

He played left field and hit cleanup, grounding out in the second and fourth innings and flying out in the sixth. Strawberry is 2 for 7 with one RBI and one stolen base in two games with the Clippers.