Ahmed got the day off Thursday and will be out of the lineup again Friday, as Jean Segura will leadoff at shortstop and Phil Gosselin is stationed at second. Throughout the 2016 season, Ahmed is batting .211/.258/.313 with four home runs and 19 RBI.
Castillo is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies.
He will sit in favor of Chris Herrmann behind the plate after started back-to-back games. The 29-year-old Castillo has worn the Golden Sombrero twice in his last five starts, pushing his strikeout rate to nearly 27 percent. The power hasn't been there to make up for the swing and miss, with Castillo managing all of two homers since the end of April.
Bernard was outrighted to Double-A Erie on Friday, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bernard cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Saturday and will stay with Detroit. He'll now head to Double-A Erie where he'll reassume a .209/.320/.395 slash line with the club. The 25-year-old also spent some time with Triple-A Toledo this season as well and performed slightly better, batting .235/.286/.302 over 46 games.
Gomes was left out of the lineup Friday after having a cyst drained on his back, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. He is expected to return to the lineup Saturday.
Friday marks Gomes' second straight day out of the lineup, but no injury had been reported until Friday afternoon. That said, Gomes isn't expected to miss much additional time as he'll be available to pinch hit Friday and he should be able to return to the lineup for Saturday's tilt.
Strasburg (back) threw a light bullpen session Friday and said afterward that he expects to start Sunday against the Brewers, Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post reports.
The right-hander revealed that two ribs were popped out of alignment in his recent weight room mishap, which caused the back discomfort, but the ribs have since been put back in place. Strasburg left a little wiggle room, saying "I think that's the plan" to start Sunday, and final confirmation as to his status may not come until their lineup is released Sunday morning.