Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Wednesday he won't be going on a minor-league rehab assignment when he's ready to return from his sprained left knee. Instead, he will return to action with the Brewers.

"I'm going to play here," said Ramirez, who ramped up his workout schedule considerably with more running as well as on-field batting practice and taking ground balls. "I've got to make sure my knee is strong but I think I'll be OK.

"It's coming along pretty good. I ran today and it went well. I'm getting closer."

The Brewers expect Ramirez to return to action some time in the next home stand. Teams can't make veteran players go on minor-league rehab assignments if they don't want to, which manager Ron Roenicke noted will make Ramirez's return a little trickier.

"He's coming along pretty good," said Roenicke. "That doesn't mean he's going to be back in the (upcoming) Dodger series but somewhere maybe in the next home stand.

"He knows he can't rush it. We've talked about why he can't rush it. He doesn't really want to go on a rehab so that makes it even more important not to rush it, so when we activate him, he's ready to go.

"I get it (why Ramirez doesn't want to go to the minors). When he missed that time in spring training (with the first sprain of his left knee), he came out and was swinging just as good as when he left. Hopefuly, we'll do it smart. We'll try to do something (simulating game action). I don't know what we're going to do.

"The important thing is, if he's not ready and you put him out there, and all of a sudden he says, 'Wow. I'm not ready,' now you're sitting on him for four or five days on the active roster because if you turn around and DL him it's two weeks again."