Video: Catching up with David Ortiz

Red Sox DH David Ortiz on Thursday morning talked to ESPN about the state of the AL East, the new mood in the Red Sox and the condition of his healing Achillies.

"I'm feeling good," he said (video above). "I'm doing all my drills, coming through pretty good. Every day, depending on how I do they start updating things. So I think we're going to be fine."

How far away is he from being ready for game action?

"I don't think I'm too far away," he said. "I might miss a couple of games at the beginning of spring training, but if things keep on going the way they are right now I think I'll be good to go pretty soon."