MLB union head: Drug test announcements on deck

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MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players' Association speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the baseball players' union says there have been talks with Major League Baseball about increasing the sport's drug testing program.

Michael Weiner spoke Wednesday after a meeting of the union's executive board. He said he expected announcements about the drug program "before too long."

Weiner says the union and MLB have spoken about adding in-season tests for human growth hormone next year. There also is discussion about making the tests more sophisticated for all performance-enhancing drugs.

Earlier this week, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz became the eighth player suspended this year under the big league drug program. The eight bans are the most since 2007 and Weiner said the increased number of positive tests has "caught the attention of both sides."

Weiner said in August that he's been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. He said he's doing well and that there have been no major side effects.

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