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.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen projects his return to mid-May.

Kenley JansenKenley Jansen is a big basketball fan. While attempting to describe the recovery from his February foot surgery Tuesday, the Dodgers’ closer compared his situation to Kevin Durant.

Durant had surgery in October to repair a fracture in his right foot, then had a second procedure in February when the original procedure didn’t heal as expected.
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Six days after surgery, Kenley Jansen reports to Dodgers’ spring training camp.

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss up to the first month of the regular season following foot surgery last Tuesday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Kenley Jansen arrived in camp Monday, using crutches to walk six days after his procedure in Los Angeles.

The pitcher didn’t need much convincing to get the surgery done after an x-ray revealed a growth in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot.

“We’ve just got to see what’s good for you and your career and for the season, (if playing through an injury is) going to hurt the team,” he said. “I’d rather have it moving 100 percent so I can be ready for the season.”

Jansen said he first noticed pain in the affected area last year “if I paid attention sometimes, but not as much.

“If I had to pay attention on it, it was more this year,” he said. “In January the trainers checked it out to see what it is. That’s what I did. I did the right decision, I feel like.”

In five days Jansen will be off crutches and into a protective boot. He’s been cleared to begin upper-body workouts.