New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren will be a reliever to open the regular season while Luis Severino, Chad Green, and Jordan Montgomery will compete for two rotation spots, manager Joe Girardi said to Newsday's Erik Boland.
Warren, who had been considered for a rotation spot earlier this spring, had a 4.80 ERA in five Grapefruit League outings (four starts), allowing eight runs and 13 hits in 15 innings.
Though he spent most of last season as a reliever with both the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, he split time in the rotation and bullpen with the Yankees in 2015, going 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 26 relief outings.
"He's done such a great job in the bullpen [before], he's very versatile for us," Girardi said. "And his stuff plays up in the bullpen a little bit better."
Montgomery, who is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, has a 3.68 ERA in five outings (one start), giving up nine runs (six earned) and 10 hits in 14 2/3 innings this spring.
Severino has a 3.95 ERA in five games (three starts), surrendering six runs and 12 hits in 13 2/3 innings, while Green has allowed two runs and nine hits in 12 innings across five games (two starts).
"The competition's fairly close," Girardi said.
Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are New York's 1-2-3 starters.