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05/07/10 2:44 PM ET

MLB introduces two programs in Dominican

Education workshop and drug-testing program to begin

Major League Baseball will launch a workshop to educate Dominican players about performance-enhancing substances and, beginning Friday, institute a comprehensive registration and drug-testing program for unsigned prospects who will be eligible to sign professional contracts after July 1.

MLB announced two initiatives as part of its expanding role in the Dominican Republic. According to a release, "Both initiatives are designed to reduce identity and age falsification and the use of prohibited substances" in the Dominican.

"Major League Baseball is pleased to adopt these new measures as we continue to address vital issues in the Dominican Republic," Sandy Alderson, hired in March to oversee MLB's efforts in the country, said in a statement. "Major League Baseball is committed to collaborating with all of the appropriate parties to educate young players and expand the resources available to them as they pursue professional careers."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.