ANAHEIM, Calif. -

Left-hander Mark Mulder, who spent spring training with the Los Angeles Angels, said he plans to resume an attempted comeback interrupted by injury.

Mulder, who turned 37 on Tuesday, said in a text message he would continue to pursue pitching in the major leagues. A torn Achilles tendon on the first day of spring workouts cost Mulder a chance to make the Angels' roster.

The two-time member of the American League's All-Star team had not pitched since 2008, his last season in the majors.

From 2000-05, Mulder was one of baseball's most formidable pitchers. He joined right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Barry Zito to form the core of the Oakland Athletics' stellar rotation. In 2001, the 23-year-old Mulder lead the American League with 21 wins and finished second to the New York Yankees' Roger Clemens in voting for the Cy Young Award. Three years later, Mulder received the victory for the American League in the All-Star Game.

In four of his five seasons with Oakland, Mulder never won fewer than 15 games and lost no more than nine.

Mulder continued that success in his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals by going 16-8 in 2005. But shoulder problems, especially with his rotator cuff, proved devastating during the next three years. As a result, Mulder pitched only 12 2/3 innings and lost all three of his decisions in 2007 and 2008.

But Mulder found a natural throwing motion by imitating the delivery of Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Paco Rodriguez while watching the 2013 playoffs. After auditioning for various major-league teams, Mulder signed a minor-league contract with the Angels, who invited him to spring training. When the Angels released Mulder in March, he resumed his career as an analyst for ESPN.

In his text message, Mulder said he will try to throw off a mound this week.