Ex-A's slugger Canseco accidentally shoots self in hand

Gerald Herbert/AP file photoFormer A's slugger accidentally shot himself in his left hand Tuesday while cleaning his gun.

LAS VEGAS — 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.

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

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

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