The New York Yankees activated Luis Severino ahead of Monday's game against the Texas Rangers.

Severino is finally in position to make his first Major League appearance in nearly two years.

"It's been long enough," he said. "Definitely be ready for any situation."

Aaron Boone said he plans to use Severino out of the bullpen down the stretch. The Yankees are a half-game off pace in the wild-card race in the American League.

"He could find himself in the highest-leverage situation or whatever and could evolve into a multi-inning role," Boone said. "We feel like we got a really good pitcher we got to add to the mix today."