The Mets get their leadoff hitter back and the Astros get an extended stay at home when the two teams start a three-game series Monday.

Andres Torres likely will return from the disabled list Monday, leading off and starting in center field, Mets manager Terry Collins said.

The Astros, who have played just three of their past 16 games at home, will be home for three-game sets against the Mets, Cardinals and Marlins.

"Last time we were home it's like we were just stopping by," said Astros manager Brad Mills of a brief three-game homestand against the Dodgers.

Though the Mets will be careful not to disrupt their on-base percentage-oriented offense by running too often, Collins plans to give Torres the green light to attempt to steal a base at all times.

The outfielder swiped 19 bags in 25 attempts last season with the Giants, and holds a 74-percent success rate for his career.

Without him, the Mets entered Sunday's play ranking dead last in the Majors with five steals.

David Wright got the team's sixth in the 6-5, 11-inning victory over the Rockies.

As long as he reaches base with any sort of regularity, Torres should at least have plenty of opportunities to run.

The Mets plan to put him in center field and slot him right back in the leadoff spot despite the success of rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Nieuwenhuis, hitting .316, will remain on the roster as a platoon left fielder, splitting time with Scott Hairston, Collins said.

But there will still be opportunities for Nieuwenhuis both atop the order and in center field, Collins said.

Because Torres has strained his left calf twice since mid-March, the Mets plan to be careful not to play him too frequently in the near future.

"I'm going to be a little cautious in the beginning," Collins said. "The one thing I don't want to do is run him back on the DL after all of this."

Mets: Dickey coming off strong start
• Knuckleballer R. A. Dickey (3-1, 4.44 ERA) will be the Mets starter Monday, and he is coming off a strong performance in his last start against the Marlins. Dickey gave up three hits and one earned run while striking out seven and walking just one in seven innings in a 5-1 win for the Mets.

Astros: Norris starts after extra rest
• Bud Norris was pushed back a day to make Monday's start, giving him some extra rest. Norris is 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA in four starts this season.

He gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in his last start at Milwaukee.

Worth noting
• Second baseman Jose Altuve is hitting .373 after going 3-for-5 and scoring two runs in Sunday's game.

• Shortstop Jed Lowrie is hitting .283 after going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs Sunday. Comments