Playing his first spring game since returning from an oblique injury and his third game overall, Torres went 0-for-4 in the Giants' 2-1 victory.
"I just got mad," Torres said. "I just reacted, you know?. ... Sometimes you have to let it go, once in a while. Everybody gets mad."
Asked about the condition of the knee that he used as a fulcrum, Torres responded, "My knee's fine. The bat is broke."
Torres recalled breaking a bat in anger as recently as last year, but that happened in the privacy of an indoor batting cage.
If nothing else, the switch-hitter commanded his teammates' attention.
"I've seen him do it a few times," left-hander Madison Bumgarner said. "He's pretty strong."
Said catcher Buster Posey, "That was impressive, wasn't it?"
Manager Bruce Bochy looked beyond Torres' anger and saw a player who must regain his hitting stroke. The Giants signed Torres to a one-year, $2 million contract to serve as their top reserve outfielder.
"He needs playing time," Bochy said. "We need to get him out there as much as we can."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.