An agonizing 0-for-31 slump. Pushed to the bench by an unproven rookie. Daily trade rumors in which his name is mentioned. These aren’t the best of times for Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano.

“It’s been unreal” Ruggiano said. “I’m just dealing with something I’ve never had to deal with before.”

Ruggiano is within two more hitless at-bats of equaling Mike Jacobs’ club record for futility. Jacobs had 33 consecutive hitless at-bats.

But who knows when Ruggiano will bat again for the Marlins? The Marlins promoted rookie outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick which will limit his playing time going forward.

And there’s a good chance the Marlins will trade him before the July 31 nonwaiver trading deadline.

Incredibly despite his drought and a .202 batting average Ruggiano continues to lead the Marlins in home runs (12) and RBI (32). He also has a dozen stolen bases second only to Juan Pierre’s 18.

Ruggiano said neither manager Mike Redmond nor anyone one else has spoken to him about his immediate prospects.

“He doesn’t have to talk to me about it” Ruggiano said. “The writing’s on the wall.”

Ruggiano tried to look on the bright side.

“I’m trying to get my swing feeling better and my body healthy” said Ruggiano who has been dealing with a shoulder issue. “I guess now is a good time to get all those things addressed with the lack of playing time I’ll have. At the same time I’ll be ready if they need me.”