Carlos Santana has reached base six times in his first eight plate appearances since coming off the disabled list Friday.

Manager Terry Francona felt the time Santana spent on the seven-day concussion disabled list might have helped him.

"I actually think the break might have been good for him," said Francona. "He had a chance to take a deep breath and think about some things.

"I had a chance to talk to him Friday and it seems like he's in a really good place. He just wants to play."

In Friday's 6-4 loss, Santana singled and walked in four plate appearances. In Saturday's 8-3 win, he walked twice, singled and hit a two-run homer.

"I feel great," said Santana. "I prepared to come back and be strong. I know I've got off to a slow start, but this is a long season."

Santana was placed on the disabled list on May 27 after taking a foul tip off the mask on May 25 in Baltimore.

Asked if the time off helped, Santana said, "I don't know. . . I don't recommend any player getting a concussion and being on the DL."

Santana has hit eighth in his first two games back. It sounds like he'll stay there for a while.