Lemonis tempers hopes for Ramos’ return #iubase

A week ago Indiana coach Chris Lemonis seemed hopeful that shortstop Nick Ramos would be able to return from a left hand injury and play in one of the Hoosiers’ midweek games against Indiana State or Evansville.

That didn’t happen.

Lemonis tempered those hopes after Tuesday’s loss to the Sycamores, saying Ramos isn’t quite ready to jump back into IU’s lineup. It’s possible Ramos could be back this weekend at first-place Illinois, but don’t count on it.

“That hand takes awhile,” Lemonis said. “You gotta be right because if you bring them back too early, they slump on you. So you wanna make him right and make sure he’s ready to compete.”

Ramos has lightly participated in pregame baseball activities, but hasn’t played in a game since March 11. The Tampa, Fla. native started all 14 games at shortstop prior to his injury.

In two-plus seasons, Ramos is batting .248 with 77 hits, 52 RBIs, 42 runs, 17 doubles, three triples and a .400 slugging percentage.

He earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Feb. 16 after picking up three hits and driving in three runs during IU’s season-opening series at Stanford.