Struggling Jeff Fassero, who has allowed a major league-high 34 home runs, was traded from the Mariners to the Rangers yesterday for a minor league player to be named.

"I know it's been a rough year for him, but a change of scenery sometimes does wonders for a veteran," Texas Manager Johnny Oates said.

The 36-year-old left-hander was 4-14 with a 7.38 earned run average in 30 games for Seattle, allowing 123 runs and 188 hits in 139 innings.

He won 13 or more games each year from 1995 to 1998.

Texas has struggled against left-handed hitters, allowing 76 homers, the league's third-highest total. Lefties are hitting .283 against the Rangers, the sixth-highest average in the AL.

Lefty batters are hitting .252 (32 for 127) against Fassero this season.

"He's had a lot of success against left-handers this year," Oates said. "The last time we saw him he had a decent fastball, and a good split-finger."

HOSPITALIZED: Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer missed last night's game against Seattle after being hospitalized because of a heart ailment that flared up.

Zimmer, 68, was admitted to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York Thursday for evaluation of a cardiac abnormality, which the Yankees described as "minor." The team said Zimmer had been treated for the same problem in the past. Zimmer was still in the hospital yesterday, and it was not known when he would rejoin the team. The Yankees said he also was bothered by neck pain.

MOVES: The Indians placed RHP Steve Karsay on the 15-day disabled list with a strained tendon in his right forearm, retroactive to Aug. 25. . . . Tampa Bay placed P Dave Eiland on the disabled list with left hip bursitis. . . . C A.J. Hinch was optioned to AAA Vancouver by the Athletics, who activated C Ramon Hernandez from the 15-day disabled list.