Richards coach Javon Mamon has been waiting for a third scoring option to emerge this season.
He may have found his man Tuesday night.
The versatile forward has been sidelined since the break with a right knee sprain, but on Monday showed significant signs of returning sooner than later, and could see action on this current four-city road trip.
Driver Anastasios Adamopoulos and a passenger hopped off his bus about 2 a.m. Monday and woke residents in two homes that were on fire. “The flames were reaching for the heavens.”
GM Ryan Poles originally tried to acquire Bates as an unrestricted free agent two years ago, but the Bills matched the Bears’ offer sheet.
Michael Soroka threw two innings of one-run ball Monday against the Diamondbacks.