Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer was released from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York yesterday, two days after he was admitted when a heart ailment flared up.

Zimmer, 68, will rejoin the Yankees today. Manager Joe Torre said Zimmer wanted to go to the ballpark yesterday, but doctors talked him out of it.

Zimmer, in his 51st season of professional baseball, had a minor cardiac abnormality, according to the Yankees.

He led New York to a 21-15 record this year as interim manager while Torre recovered from prostate cancer surgery.

BREWERS' INTERVIEW: The Brewers have interviewed Blue Jays assistant GM Dave Stewart as part of a search to replace former GM Sal Bando, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The paper, citing unidentified sources, also said that Wendy Selig-Prieb, the Brewers' president and chief executive officer, will interview former Cleveland Indians assistant GM Dan O'Dowd on Monday.

Selig-Prieb has refused to comment on the search process for a new GM, the Journal Sentinel reported in today's editions.

Manager Phil Garner was fired and Bando was reassigned Aug. 12, as the Brewers appeared headed to their seventh straight losing season.

Stewart, who was interviewed by Selig-Prieb on Thursday, said he was the first candidate interviewed.

"I answered questions, told her what I thought of their club, their minor league system and scouting," Stewart said. "There is a lot to build on there as they move into their new park."

NO MINORS: Indians OF Kenny Lofton has decided against a minor league rehabilitation for a lingering hamstring injury and added he feels he is getting close to returning to action.