LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tommy Hanson understands now that concussions are serious, but he's feeling fortunate that his wssn't worse.
The Braves pitcher said Saturday that he believs he is now "back to normal," five days after he suffered a mild concussion in an automobile accident. Hanson won't throw again until Monday or Tuesday, buthesaid he doesn't expect any problem being ready for opening day.
"It'll only be a week off," Hanson said. "And I was throwing 50-pitch bullpens before I came down here."
Hanson was hurt in a one-car accident when he blew a tire on the way to the Braves' first official workout of the spring. He said that when doctors gave him tests, they found his reaction time had slowed, showing that he had suffered a conussion.
At that point, Hanson said he beganto understand how concussions have become a significant issue in sports.
"I didn't realize concussions are as serious as they are until I got one," he said.
Now he seems to be recovering well.
"I'm not worried about it," he said. "I feel like I'm back to normal."