SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Pitcher Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Matt Harrison began his rehab assignment on Thursday night at Double-A Frisco, but it didn't go quite as planned.
Harrison's plan was to throw 65 pitches or four innings for the Rough Riders in their first game of the season with hopes of returning to a big-league mound later this month after making just two April starts in 2013 before being shut down for the entire season with multiple back surgeries.
As we know, the weather Thursday night took a turn for the worse, and the game was washed out in the third inning, cutting Harrison's outing to two-plus innings and 41 pitches. Harrison needed just nine pitches to get out of a perfect second inning after struggling through the first inning, allowing two runs on 31 pitches.
Harrison retired the first two batters he faced in the first inning before his wheels came off, allowing three extra-base hits and a walk before eventually getting out of the inning.
"I don't know if I relaxed or what after those first two outs," Harrison told ESPN Dallas. "But I lost the strike zone for a few batters. But I got my tempo back."
Harrison is aiming for an April 23 return to the Rangers' rotation, in what would be a series finale in Oakland before an off-day on April 24 and a series in Seattle beginning on the 25th.