(CNN) — Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the left hand while cleaning a gun Tuesday, a Las Vegas police spokesman said.
Canseco, who hit more than 450 home runs during his 17 seasons in the big leagues, was hit when his semiautomatic handgun accidentally went off, Lt. Mark Reddon of the Las Vegas Metro Police said.
Canseco won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 1986 and was the league MVP two years later while with the Oakland A’s.
A controversial figure and admitted steroid user, he claimed there was widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball.
CNN’s Veronica George contributed to this report.
™ & © 2014 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.