Aramis to miss extended period of time

PHOENIX -- Aramis Ramirez was happy an MRI scan of his aching left knee revealed no serious damage. But the Brewers third baseman does not expect to play anytime soon.

"A week maybe? Ten days? Two weeks? I don't know," Ramirez said. "We're still in Spring Training, so I guess it's not that big of a deal."

Ramirez jammed his knee sliding into second base on Saturday against the Angels, and was moving very gingerly the following morning before going for an MRI. Before that scan came back negative for structural damage, Ramirez admitted, "I was scared a little bit."

"I didn't know what to expect because I was really hurt," Ramirez said. "After we got the MRI, we now know what we're dealing with, and I guess it's not that big of a deal. We've got two weeks to go. It's a lot better. Two days ago, I was on crutches."

Even if he misses two weeks, Ramirez will have about two weeks of Spring Training games to get ready for the Brewers' April 1 season opener. So much for his plan to increase his spring workload to avoid the sort of slow start he endured last season.

"It didn't work," said Ramirez, who was 0-for-10 before legging out the bloop double on which he was injured.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.