Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will make his first rehab start Friday for the Kane County Cougars.
The Cougars host the Quad City River Bandits at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Tickets are available by calling (630) 232-8811 or at kccougars.com.
Garza is on the mend from a left lat muscle injury, suffered early in spring training. He likely will pitch only 2 innings as he builds up pitching stamina.
It won't be the first time Garza has pitched in the Midwest League. A portion of Garza's first professional season in 2005 took place in the Midwest League when he pitched for Beloit, a Minnesota Twins affiliate at the time.
Garza was placed on the disabled list during spring training with a left lat strain and has yet to appear in a major league game this season.
The right-hander has spent three seasons with the Cubs and has won 57 games during his major league career, which began in 2006 when Garza made the jump from Class A to the major leagues with Minnesota.
In 2010, Garza threw the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history and won 15 games that season. Garza went 5-7 for the Cubs last year after going 10-10 in 2011.
The Cougars are 4-7 in their first year as a Cubs affiliate after splitting a doubleheader Tuesday night at Beloit.