Fielder originally was penciled in as the designated hitter, but he complained of weakness in his arm as he took some swings before the game.
When general manager Jon Daniels was asked for his level of concern about Fielder, he said "medium."
The Rangers announced Wednesday that Fielder will not make the trip to Detroit so he can get further evaluations on his neck from Dr. Drew Dossett. Fielder won't do any baseball activities on Thursday. There is a chance, however, Fielder, could travel to Detroit at some point this weekend.
Before the announcement was made Rangers manager Ron Washington said Fielder would not play in Thursday's game against the Mariners.
"We just decided not to do it," Washington said. "I saw him and he's not going to take any swings. He's feels normal and he felt normal yesterday until he swung the bat."
Fielder will miss Wednesday's game and not travel to Detroit for the weekend series as he undergoes further evaluations.
"My arm feels a little weak still," Fielder said. "Not so much pain, just a little weak and sore."
"My neck has been sore for a while," he said. "This year it's been really sore. It was just weak still and a little discomfort. It didn't feel that good, but they said another day should help."
Fielder refused to blame his lack of power numbers on the neck. He's hitting .247 with three homers and 16 RBIs. He was batting .350 in his past 12 games before Saturday.
Fielder, 30, was given a nerve-root injection Saturday morning in the hope that it would alleviate some of the neck pain. He did not play Saturday or Sunday, ending his consecutive-games streak at 547.
Information from ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins was used in this report.