Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco was injured in an accidental shooting on Tuesday at his home in the Las Vegas Valley.
KLAS-TV said Canseco, 50, was cleaning a gun when he accidentally shot himself in the left hand.
Canseco's fiancee, model Leila Knight, told the Los Angeles Times that he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired.
“I heard the gun go off and saw his middle finger hanging by a string,” she told the newspaper. "It will either have to be amputated or have full reconstruction surgery."
She told the Times that doctors said he will never regain full use of the hand. She also sent out an update on Twitter via Canseco's account:
This is Leila . Thank you all for the kind words and prayers . Jose is in still surgery and will be ok. Please pray for his finger !! 🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) October 29, 2014
After winning baseball's Rookie of the Year award in 1986, Canseco went on to hit 462 home runs during a 17-year career that included playing for the Oakland A's, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays (then known as the Devil Rays), New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.
He also became the face of the game's Steroid Era, writing a tell-all book called "Juiced" that helped lead to congressional hearings as well as the Mitchell Report and tougher new rules on performance-enhancing drugs.
Canseco has since been involved in reality TV and boxing ventures, and has a highly active Twitter account.