Trucks head to Camelback Ranch for camp

Trucks head to Camelback Ranch for camp

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers dispatched two tractor-trailers filled with equipment to Arizona on Thursday, the ceremonial heads-up for the start of Spring Training.

Dodgers pitchers and catchers report Wednesday, with the first workout at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 16. Position players report Feb. 20, with the first full-squad workout on Feb. 21.

The trucks are provided by UPS, which streamlined the packing process of uniform trunks and luggage by placing the equipment on pallets so it would be easily loaded by forklifts.

Each truck holds 20 tons of gear, which includes computers and front-office supplies and even a 1,500-pound bobblehead of Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda, which normally resides at the Lasorda Italian Restaurant behind the right-field pavilion at Dodger Stadium.

Game equipment such as baseballs and bats will be drop-shipped directly to Arizona by manufacturers.

For the third year, in addition to the personal items of players and employees, the trucks carry loaded pallets of drinking water and every bit of clothing every player would wear on the field.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.