Meet Lori Moreland: new stadium organist for the White Sox.
Moreland takes over for Nancy Faust, who retired last season after 40 years and more than 3,000 games with the White Sox.
“I can’t even believe I’m sitting here,” Moreland said Tuesday from her organ booth behind home plate. “It’s almost like a dream.”
Moreland, 52, is a church organist by day at Our Lady of Knock in Calumet City. Now she’s brushing up on her Eminems and Ushers.
March 22, 2011
According to Dr. Tony Romeo, who performed the radical surgery to repair Peavy’s detached latissimus muscle at Rush University Medical Center last July 14, don’t expect the right-hander to be on the mound in April.
“I think we know how competitive Jake is and he still wants to be able to play from the beginning of the season,” Romeo said in a phone interview Monday night. “But as I said last year after the surgery, when there is any type of tendon injury around the shoulder, the return is going to be close to one year.”
… “I could see him pitching with the White Sox at the beginning of May.”
If that happens, Peavy would miss his first five starts — with Phil Humber filling his slot — and possibly debut against the Orioles on May 2 at U.S. Cellular Field.
According to Romeo, who is flying to Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday morning to personally examine Peavy, that’s the best-case scenario.
Optioned to Triple-A Charlotte prior to Tuesday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Mariners were outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-hander Gregory Infante and catcher Tyler Flowers.
Also reassigned to Minor League camp were six players who had been in the big league camp as non-roster invitees: right-handed pitchers Brian Bruney, Jeff Gray, Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay; infielder Dallas McPherson; and outfielder Jordan Danks.
… Milledge was in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game in Peoria, Ariz., as he continues his competition with Brent Lillibridge for the last seat on manager Ozzie Guillen’s bench.
The White Sox are down to the final couple of roster decisions before breaking camp, and two of those players on the bubble will be on display Tuesday in Peoria against the Mariners. Lastings Milledge gets the start in left field and will be leading off, while Brent Lillibridge hits ninth and starts in center. Milledge and Lillibridge stand as the main candidates for the 25th man or last utility outfield spot.
BTW, Humber on his cutter:
Humber talked Sunday with pitching coach Don Cooper, who laid out the current scenario for the right-hander. With Peavy almost certain to start the 2011 regular season on the disabled list, the fifth-starter’s job is there for the taking for Humber.
A strong Spring Training by Humber has been enhanced by the development of a cutter. Cooper discussed with Humber adding the pitch during the offseason, and Humber seems most satisfied by the consistency of the pitch as opposed to being able to find success on one or two offerings.
“It has definitely been huge for me, being able to put more movement on my fastball,” Humber said. “I’ve gotten a lot of easy outs on it. When you get in tough counts, it’s nice to have something to throw in there that stays off the fat part of the bat. That’s what it has been for me.”