Indians manager Terry Francona hopes he never has to have an advanced brain scan because of all the concussions he had as a kid and the horror stories and magazine articles hes heard and read since. He estimates he suffered four or five and added there are probably a couple more he didnt know about.



I got so many. It scares me, Francona admitted Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field before a game against the Chicago White Sox. He was discussing the protocol third baseman/catcher Carlos Santana is going through on the seven-day concussion disabled list when his personal experience came up.



I got hit a couple times playing ball when I was a kid. One I was out, I didnt know how I got home, a really bad one, Francona said. I got hit a couple times playing basketball, rebounding, Id get elbows in the head.



But the one he remembers most can be filed under the category of crazy things teenagers do. He said he dove into the front seat of a car on the way to a high school baseball game.



You know how everybody yells Shotgun! Some (knucklehead) came in the other way and his knee hit me in the head, Francona said, warning his audience what was to come was scary. The whole way to the game I was nauseous. But youre 18. When I started to run I actually felt better because it was relieving pressure. So the coach played me the whole game because I told him, I feel better when I run.



My dad drove me home and I had my head out the window the entire drive throwing up. Can you imagine if Id have gotten hit in the head in that game?



Thats why Francona might some day say no to tests.



I dont think I want to know, he said. As long as I can reel it together between 7 and 10, Im good to go. The coaches will take care of me the rest of the time.