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Dodgers seek spark from Karros, Cedeno

With the hope that new blood will invigorate their anemic offense, the Dodgers activated 1B Eric Karros and OF Roger Cedeno on Friday.

The team optioned 1B Paul Konerko to Triple-A Albuquerque and designated OF Mike Devereaux for assignment.

Karros tore cartilage in his left knee during stretching drills in spring training. Cedeno strained his right hamstring March 1 while running to first base in an exhibition game.

Both have been working their way into shape at Class A, Karros with the San Bernardino Stampede in the California League and Cedeno with the Vero Beach Dodgers in the Florida State League.

"You reach a point where you have to face major-league pitching," Karros said. "You can do all the rehab you want, but when you get to this level you still have to make some adjustments."

Karros appeared in four games for San Bernardino, batting .267. He reported some swelling in the knee after several of the games but said it subsided by the next day.

"There were two key areas we were concerned with," executive vice president Fred Claire said. "Number one is where he is at medically. (Physical therapist) Pat Screnar and the doctors feel he is fine.

"Number two is where he is at in regard to major-league pitching. Eric has been around long enough to know his comfort level.

"We need him in our lineup."

_ TIMES WIRES

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