Las Vegas police said that former baseball star Jose Canseco is recovering at a local hospital after shooting himself in the hand Tuesday afternoon. 

Police spokesman Lt. Mark Reddon said that police were called to Canseco's home at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time. Reddon added that the former outfielder told officers that he was attempting to clean his gun when it went off, shooting him in one of the fingers of his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Canseco hit 462 home runs over a big league career that spanned 17 seasons and seven teams. He spent all or part of nine years with the Oakland Athletics, but also played for the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox. His last major league game was in 2001. 

In 2005, Canseco's book "Juiced", a tell-all about the prevalence of steroids in baseball, was published. In the book, Canseco admitted to taking steroids himself and named several other players who he claimed used performance-enhancing substances, including his former Oakland teammate, Mark McGwire. The revelations in the book prompted an investigation by Major League Baseball and congressional hearings about performance-enhancing drugs in the game. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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