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Canseco accidentally shoots self in hand

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Canseco hit more than 450 home runs

His semiautomatic handgun accidentally went off

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Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco, who accidentally shot himself in a finger on his left hand while cleaning a gun, tweeted a photo of the injured hand on Wednesday.

He was in surgery Tuesday night, his fiancee tweeted.

Canseco has returned to his Las Vegas home where the shooting took place. Police say Canseco was wounded while he was cleaning a handgun.

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, Las Vegas 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. He wrote two books on the subject – “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big” and “Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball.”

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CNN’s Veronica George contributed to this report.