Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen could begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week.

SAN FRANCISCO — As the Dodgers packed up for their flight to San Diego, closer Kenley Jansen provided a timetable for his return to game action.

Jansen said that he is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Saturday at Petco Park, then pitch a simulated game next Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. If he doesn’t experience a setback in the meantime, a minor-league rehab assignment will follow.

Jansen had surgery to remove a growth from his left foot in February. His return suddenly can’t come soon enough for the Dodgers.

The bullpen has been dominant most of the season; opponents had batted .200 against Dodgers relievers prior to Thursday. But on Wednesday the ‘pen was tagged for its first loss since April 10. In Thursday’s 3-2 loss, the Giants loaded the bases against Joel Peralta in the eighth inning, scored off Pedro Baez in the ninth to tie the game, then scored another run off Juan Nicasio in the 10th to complete the series sweep.

Jansen threw a bullpen session prior to the game and reported no pain afterward.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.