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Aramis tests improving right knee on basepaths

PHOENIX -- Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez is pain-free and hoped to remain so Monday, when he ran his sprained right knee through its toughest test yet.

"Today, I'm going to move around a little bit more," Ramirez said before his morning workout. "Take grounders to the sides and run the bases, so I'll have a little bit better idea today where I am."

Ramirez, who was injured sliding into second base on March 2, took batting practice and fielded grounders on Sunday with no ill effects. He planned to add lateral movement to his field work on Monday, fielding and running on a back field at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Manager Ron Roenicke said it is unlikely Ramirez will return before Thursday's off-day.

"He's wanting to push it and get back out there," Roenicke said. "But we still have to go slowly. The running the bases will be probably the last thing he needs to do. He needs to be able to cut corners running. The swinging, there is no issues whatsoever."

Said Ramirez: "Everything is going good. I don't feel any pain right now, so I'm going to do some more stuff today and see how it feels."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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