David OrtizDavid Ortiz hasn’t played a single game for the 2013 Boston Red Sox, but the team has gotten off to a hot start just fine without him.

The team is tied for first place entering Friday, and after Boston’s poor beginnings to the last few years, that’s a welcome change around Red Sox Nation. Ortiz’s return certainly will be as well.

While Big Papi continues his rehab assignment in Pawtucket and moves closer to his eventual reunion with the major league club, the Sox have plenty of other storylines to concern themselves with.

So, NESN.com MLB writer Ricky Doyle stopped by the podcast to chat with NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette about them. The two also talked about how worried the Blue Jays should be, what to expect from Stephen Drew and much more.

Listen to their conversation in the player below, or subscribe on iTunes and download it there.

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