The Houston Astros are coming home and will open a three-game series against the New York Mets on Saturday.

The Astros had to relocate their series against the Texas Rangers this week to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., because of catastrophic flooding in the nation’s fourth-largest city in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.

The Astros will return to Houston on Thursday night after their game against the Rangers.

“We hope that these games can serve as a welcome distraction for our city that is going through a very difficult time,” Astros President Reid Ryan said Wednesday.

“We hope that we can put smiles on some faces.”

The Mets series was scheduled to begin Friday, but instead a Saturday doubleheader is planned and the finale is Sunday. The Astros have a 10-game road trip after that.

Manager A.J. Hinch delivered the news to his players before Wednesday night’s game.

“Obviously, we’re anxious to get home. We have a series to win, we have a couple of games [left in Florida],” Hinch said.

“But to be able to go home tomorrow night and know we’re going to be able to get to the majority of our houses, see our families is really really good news to us.”

The manager said players who are not able to get to the homes likely will be stay in downtown hotels or with teammates.

Cubs shortstop hurt

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was called back to Chicago to be examined after experiencing a setback in his recovery from a right foot injury.

Russell was scratched from a rehab game with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday after experiencing soreness. The 2016 All-Star has been sidelined since early August after straining the foot.

The news on ace Jon Lester was more encouraging.

His 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday went well, and the Cubs expected to have the next step in his recovery from left lat tightness and shoulder fatigue mapped out by Thursday.

Mariners get pitcher

The Mariners acquired right-hander Mike Leake from the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday for minor league infielder Rayder Ascanio as Seattle tries to bolster its beleaguered starting rotation during the AL wild-card race.

Seattle is without James Paxton, Felix Hernandez and Hisahi Iwakuma due to injuries and has struggled to get five innings out of their starters for most of the past month.

Setback for Dodgers

Outfielder Andre Ethier, who has been on the disabled list all season, is now dealing with a “neck thing,” which could limit his usage when the Los Angeles Dodgers activate him this weekend, manager Dave Roberts said.

Ethier sustained a herniated a disk in his back in March.