If you thought Dennis Sarfate’s relief stint on Tuesday night was impressive enough, consider the context. Sarfate, who threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, did so with a ear infection and on medication that sorely impaired his ability to focus.
“The stuff that they gave me and the shot I got for the ear infection all kind of combined together,” he said Wednesday. “I was sitting there in the bullpen in the first inning and I don’t even know how I was feeling … Next thing you know, I was on Cloud Nine, just kind of out there. But I knew I had to do something.”
Sarfate said that his teammates could tell he was far from normal, and he also said that he’s happy he’ll have a day off Wednesday to recuperate and prepare for the Boston series.
“They saw me out there on the mound after the first batter I faced and they were like, ‘Are you alright?’ ” he said. “I said, ‘I just want to know what was in that shot.’ So they gave me a granola bar and a banana on the bench to get some sugar in me and see if it would help.”