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    In front of a sellout crowd of 8,619 in Potomac on Friday, Stephen Strasburg threw 33 pitches, struck out 12 batters and hit 99 mph on the gun. We think it’s safe to assume that his rehab program is going quite well.

    So, what’s next for Strasburg?

    In the immediate future Strasburg is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday night, most likely in Hagerstown, in keeping with his five-day pitching schedule.

    In September, he’ll be on the mound at Nats Park, and if you ask Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, Strasburg’s long-term future includes at least one stat in the record books.

    “I see Strasburg, he’s very capable of throwing back-to-back no-hitters,” he told the Washington Post, talking about Johnny Vander Meer’s no-hitter record. “When I saw the type of the stuff that he has, and pitchers that dominate the game like he does, guys like Pedro Martinez in their heyday, they could do that. Because not only could they pitch. They could overpower you.”

    At the time this was posted there were still tickets available for the Suns game on Wednesday, including $7.50 standing room tickets.

    But if Strasburg’s most recent start is any indication, that won’t be the case for long. Tickets for Friday night’s game in Potomac sold out within 24 hours of the announcement that Strasburg would be pitching.

    Enjoy the affordability while you can. Tickets to see Strasburg at Nats Park in September won’t be easy to come by. And they certainly won’t cost $7.50.

    Questions, comments or tips? Email Sarah at sarahskogod@gmail.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@sarahschorno).