Konerko says he felt out of this world while recovering from concussion
By Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune reporter
9:25 p.m. CDT, August 17, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was an ordeal for Paul Konerko just to walk up a flight of stairs on Aug. 10.
"I felt like I was going to throw up after that flight of stairs," Konerko said Friday as he described the helpless feeling he experienced for three days after he suffered a concussion Aug. 7. "That's when I knew it was real. It was something that you can't mess around with."
Konerko said he gained a full understanding of why a minimum of seven days are required for players placed on the DL for concussion symptoms and gained new respect for players who return from that ailment.
"It's a very peculiar feeling. It's very depressing," said Konerko, who said it hurt for several days just to shift his eyes. "You feel not yourself. You almost feel, you don't care about anything. You're so depressed and unmotivated to do anything. You have no energy, no anything.
"You just feel like a different human being. You just feel like out of the world. It's just a weird feeling."
Konerko passed an impact test on a computer that compares to a baseline test that he performed in the past, as well as a written test the day after he was elbowed by the Royals' Jarrod Dyson and passed a series of cardio and baseball drills earlier this week.
Santiago's surge: Left-hander Hector Santiago credited a sharper screwball with helping him throw 142/3 scoreless innings in three starts before his promotion from Triple-A Charlotte.
"I hope it's as sharp as it was in spring training," said Santiago, the Sox's Opening Day closer.
Manager Robin Ventura said the Sox would opt for Philip Humber if they need a spot starter, but they're inclined to stick with a five-man rotation.
To make room for Konerko and Santiago on the 25-man roster, infielder Orlando Hudson (toe bruise) and reliever Leyson Septimo (left biceps inflammation) were placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Extra innings: ESPN2 will televise the Sox's Sept. 2 game against the Tigers in Detroit, thus switching the starting time from 12:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. … Marco Paddy, special assistant to the GM for international relations, is in Parral, Mexico, scouting a 15-and-under tournament. In the last six weeks, Paddy signed four 16-year-old players from the Dominican Republic. … Brent Morel, the Sox's Opening Day third baseman, was activated by Triple-A Charlotte from the seven-day disabled list after suffering from an eye infection.
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