How will the Cleveland Guardians manage without Steven Kwan?

With Steven Kwan tweaking his hamstring Saturday night and having to leave the game, how will the Cleveland Guardians respond if he ends up going on the injured list?
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Steven Kwan has been a picture of health in his first two MLB seasons, amassing more than 1,300 plate appearances in each of his first two years.

But after tweaking his hamstring and having to leave Saturday's game, Kwan could potentially be facing a stint on the injured list, if not an extend stay (everyone is eagerly awaiting the MRI results).

Or perhaps he'll be back in a couple days; that's the tricky thing about hamstring injuries. You never know - just ask the Philies and Trea Turner, who might be out up to six weeks with a hamstring injury of his own.

What Will the Guardians Do If Kwan Goes on the Injured List?

You thought the outfield situation was grim in Cleveland before? Take Kwan out of the equation and you might as well not have an outfield at all. If he were to go on the injured list, you could potentially expect to see Johnathan Rodríguez called up from Triple-A Columbus (there is, of course, the obvious answer of Kyle Manzardo as well, but let's have a little fun here).

Rodríguez continues to mash in Columbus, with a .279/.380/.496 line, six homers, six doubles, and 21 RBI in 129 plate appearances this season. He would be the easiest answer for a call-up, as Kwan's injury would open the door to regular playing time for the intriguing 24-year-old power prospect.

But really, the Guardians can't replace Kwan's production at the top of the lineup, or his elite defense. They'll simply have to manage it the best they can and hope that Kwan isn't out for an extended period of time.

The best-case scenario would be that Rodríguez takes the job and runs with it, putting pressure on Cleveland to cut bait with one of the other underperforming members of the lineup.

There's no question the Cleveland Guardians - still atop the AL Central with a 21-12 record - have faced adversity early this season. They already lost their best pitcher; how they respond to losing one of their best position players, even for a brief period, will continue to show whether this team has what it takes to contend over the course of a long season.