Torres likely to join Mets before Astros series

Torres likely to join Mets before Astros series

Torres likely to join Mets before Astros series
NEW YORK -- The Mets may have sent two players to the disabled list Tuesday in Mike Pelfrey and Jason Bay, but they appear close to receiving a big league reinforcement.

Barring a setback, outfielder Andres Torres is scheduled to join the team Sunday evening in Houston, after more than three weeks on the disabled list with a strained left calf. Torres will play rehab games at Class A St. Lucie on Tuesday and Wednesday, then another two on Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Buffalo, before flying to meet the team for the first of three games in Houston on Monday.

Torres, 32, reinjured his calf on Opening Day after missing two weeks in Spring Training with an identical injury. There has been some recent speculation as to whether he would be able to reclaim his job with the Mets, given rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis' strong play in center field. But Bay's injury should open up enough playing time in the outfield for both.

Torres, who stole two bases and rapped out three hits Monday evening for St. Lucie, came to the Mets in a trade with the Giants last winter. He hit .221 with four home runs in 112 games last season, missing significant time due to injuries.