MLB, union hire new independent drug administrator

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' union have appointed a new independent administrator for the sport's drug prevention and treatment program.

The hiring of Dr. Jeffrey Anderson was announced Monday. He has been the director of sports medicine and head team physician at the University of Connecticut since 1994.

Anderson also is the chair of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

Dr. Bryan Smith had held the baseball spot since 2006. In his final annual report issued last December, he said the number of drug tests conducted by MLB rose 3 percent over the past year.

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