The Rangers' highly rated bullpen received a scare when LHP Mike Munoz broke his right foot in an accident at home.

Munoz dropped a computer on his foot yesterday afternoon. X-rays revealed the fracture, but the Rangers think Munoz will be available for the playoffs.

The Rangers said Munoz will return to the bullpen after he is fitted with a protective plate in his right shoe. Team orthopedic consultant John Conway examined him and found no further complications.

Texas has had only two left-handers in its bullpen most of the season -- Munoz and Mike Venafro. Munoz had yielded one run in his previous nine outings and is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his last 17 appearances.

Rangers relievers have combined for 30 victories and a club-record 47 saves this season.

MARINERS SEEK GM: The Mariners received permission to interview Mets executive Omar Minaya for their vacant general manager's job.

Minaya, New York's senior assistant general manager, said he will travel to Seattle next week to meet with the Mariners.

Minaya joins former major league GMs Pat Gillick and Bob Watson and White Sox assistant GM Dan Evans as a candidate for the Seattle job, which became vacant when Woody Woodward retired effective Oct. 31.

Minaya, 40, joined the Mets from the Rangers in 1995. He signed future major leaguers Sammy Sosa, Rich Aurilia and Fernando Tatis while in Texas.

In addition to his duties as assistant to Mets GM Steve Phillips, Minaya also oversees the team's international scouting department. Minaya has already interviewed for GM jobs in Colorado and Milwaukee this year. The Rockies hired Dan O'Dowd, while the Brewers named Dean Taylor their new GM.