PHOENIX -- Craig Counsell might have opted for surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee if he wasn't feeling so good in the field. Instead, he'll continue to play.

Counsell will forgo surgery, he said Wednesday after playing the final four innings of Milwaukee's 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks at Maryvale Baseball Park. It was the fifth straight day of game action for Counsell, who will continue to receive treatment for swelling in his knee related to a torn meniscus, instead of going under the knife.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash said earlier in the week that surgery would have sidelined Counsell for two to three weeks.

"I don't have any limitations, so I don't see any need to do anything," Counsell said. "It's simple for me. I feel fine in the field, and that's all there is to it."

Counsell, expected to start the season as Milwaukee's primary pinch-hitter and the primary backup to starting shortstop J.J. Hardy, went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored against Arizona. He is hitting .419 in Cactus League games.

Asked if he was playing with pain, Counsell said, "It doesn't matter. ... I feel like in the last five days I've done every possible baseball play I can do."

The Brewers optioned shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar to Triple-A Nashville following Wednesday's game and essentially sealed Counsell and Casey McGehee as the team's backup infielders. Earlier in the day, the team released the other competitor, veteran third baseman/first baseman Mike Lamb.

"To a certain degree, we went out on a limb a little bit by letting Lamb go," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "But you can only have 25 guys on the team. ... Counsell is feeling great, and we're going to keep him feeling great."