Former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco is undergoing surgery after a gun-cleaning accident at his Las Vegas home resulted in an injury to his left middle finger.
Canseco’s fiancée Leila Knight told the Los Angeles Times that Canseceo was cleaning his gun when it discharged. There had been a round in the chamber since Canseco had recently visited the shooting range.
“I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string,” she said. “It will either have to be amputated or have full reconstruction surgery.”
Knight added that doctors warned Canseco that he is losing full use of his left hand.
Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. PDT Tuesday.
Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.
In 2005, his admission that he used anabolic steroids (part of a tell-all book) was later cited in the Mitchell Report, an investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs in the MLB.
An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.