Kenley Jansen wraps up rehab assignment with 1-2-3 inning for Rancho Cucamonga.

Kenley Jansen faced three batters in a clean first inning for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. The right-hander recorded a flyout and two strikeouts in what was supposed to be his final rehab appearance as he works his way back from foot surgery in February.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier int he day that Jansen will be activated as early as Saturday.

“We want to break him in, put him in an inning that’s not like bases loaded, something like not any room for error,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be the closer. There’s no question about that.”

Kenley Jansen to complete rehab assignment tonight; could return Saturday.

I reported yesterday that Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen could be activated from the disabled list as early as Friday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly now says that Jansen won’t be activated before Saturday:

Jansen is due to complete his rehab assignment with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga tonight at 7 p.m. He’ll start the game and pitch one inning.

Mattingly added that he’s talked to Jansen about not closing as soon as he comes back, and Jansen sounded “comfortable” with that.

“We want to break him in, put him in an inning that’s not like bases loaded, something like not any room for error,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be the closer. There’s no question about that.”

Kenley Jansen slated to complete rehab assignment Wednesday.

Kenley Jansen fielded ground balls off the mound at Dodger Stadium Tuesday for the first time in his rehab from left foot surgery. The right-hander only spent a few minutes on the field, but said he felt fine afterward.

Jansen is on track to start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, a home game against the Bakersfield Blaze. He said he’ll throw one inning. That will be the last of his six rehab games if all goes according to plan.

“It’s my last outing,” Jansen said, “so I have to take it like a shutdown inning.”

The Dodgers typically like to give players an extra day before they return, so Jansen could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early as Friday.