New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino said he welcomes a bullpen role after the team called him up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday.
"I don't think it's going to be difficult. I think it's going to be a little different," Severino told YES Network. "When you're a starter, you have to know five days to prepare yourself. ... Here, you have to be overprepared."
The Yankees recalled Severino, 22, from the minors, and despite him being a starting pither for most of his professional career, will have him available out of the bullpen for Monday's game against the Houston Astros.
"I just want to be part of the Yankees," Severino said. "If they're gonna keep me in relief or as a starter, I've got to do my job."
Severino was 0-6 with a 7.71 ERA in seven major-league starts this year before he went on the disabled list with a triceps injury and was subsequently demoted to the minors.
With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Severino worked on his secondary pitches ("My slider wasn't working, my change-up was not very good," he said.) and also focused on not overthrowing his fastball.
"Sometimes I'd just want to throw it too hard and get it out of my hand," Severino said. "Now I'm working on that, and it's better."
In 10 starts in Triple-A, Severino went 7-1 with a 3.25 ERA.
"I knew I had to work on my pitches over there," Severino said. "Now I'm here, I'm here to help the team."