LAS VEGAS (CBSLA.com/AP) — Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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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.

Multiple published reports say Canseco was in surgery Tuesday evening, according to a tweet from his fiancee.

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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 Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.

He later turned to independent baseball, and played for the Long Beach Armada of the Golden Baseball League in 2006, batting .176 over 21 games.

An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.

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