Gibbons to get more playing time for Dodgers

Gibbons to get more playing time for Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO -- The loss of Scott Podsednik for the rest of the season with a foot injury provides Jay Gibbons with even more at-bats to polish his resume for a job next season.

Gibbons already is considered to be one of three recent additions -- Ted Lilly and Rod Barajas the others -- that Dodgers management wants to retain for next year.

Now Gibbons has inherited the starting left-field job that had passed from Manny Ramirez to Podsednik.

"He's made the most of every at-bat," manager Joe Torre said of Gibbons. "He's given us something to look at. In the outfield, he gets the job done."

Tuesday night, Gibbons started at first base for James Loney, who is 2-for-24 lifetime against Giants starter Barry Zito. Gibbons began his professional career as a first baseman before moving to the outfield.

Gibbons is hitting .349 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in only 26 games since being promoted from Triple-A. Against left-handed pitching, the left-handed-hitting Gibbons is 3-for-9 with a home run.

He had been out of the Major Leagues since 2007, coinciding with his name being included in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs.