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.

Foot injury likely to end Podsednik's season

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers outfielder Scott Podsednik will probably miss the rest of the season with plantar fasciitis, manager Joe Torre announced Tuesday.

Podsednik, acquired from the Royals for two Minor Leaguers, had an MRI on Monday and will fly to Dallas on Wednesday to get a second medical opinion. Surgery is a likely option to address the painful condition that afflicts the ligament connecting the heel to the toes.

Podsednik is hitting .262 with one home run and seven RBIs in 39 games with the Dodgers, having taken over left field before and after Manny Ramirez's departure and also served as the leadoff hitter before and after Rafael Furcal returned from the disabled list.

Podsednik last played Thursday in Houston.

Padilla's status unchanged after MRI

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers Opening Day starting pitcher Vicente Padilla, shut down for the rest of the season with a bulging disk in his neck, had an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday, manager Joe Torre said.

Torre said the results were the same as Padilla's original MRI and there was no indication that he would require surgery.

Meanwhile, reliever Travis Schlichting rejoined the club after rehabbing in Arizona from shoulder tendinitis. Schlichting said he hopes to show he's healthy with bullpen sessions by the end of the season, but does not expect to appear in games.

While in Arizona, Schlichting said he played catch with troubled left-handed reliever Scott Elbert, who was placed on the restricted list by Triple-A Albuquerque in June and never played another game. Club officials are hopeful that Elbert will participate in the Arizona Fall League, but nothing has been confirmed.