Jose Canseco Shoots Himself in Hand Accidentally, Might Need Finger Amputated

Former Major League Baseball outfielder and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant was cleaning his gun when it fired, according to police

Last Updated: October 29, 2014 @ 10:16 AM

Jose Canseco was cleaning his gun when it went off Tuesday afternoon, nearly severing his finger, according to The Associated Press. The former Major League Baseball star is undergoing surgery after the incident at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

His fiancee, Leila Knight, told the Los Angeles Times that the middle finger on his left hand was “hanging by a string.”

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According to Knight, Canseco either will have to have his finger amputated fully or undergo full reconstructive surgery. Doctors have purportedly already told the couple that the retired slugger will never regain full use of his left hand.

A six-time All-Star, Canseco played for several teams during his long baseball career from 1985 to 2001, rising to fame with the Oakland Athletics. In 2005, he admitted to using anabolic steroids, claiming that the vast majority of MLB players did the same.

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More recently, he has appeared on several reality television shows, including a run on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2011, and as a columnist for Vice magazine.

Representatives for Canseco have not yet responded to TheWrap‘s request for additional information.